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College official , religion educator

Byron Lee Sherwin, American Religion educator, college official. Ordained rabbi, 1970. Recipient Man of Reconciliation award Polish Council Christians and Jews, 1992, Presidential medal, Officer of Order of Merit, Republic of Poland, 1995. Member Midwest Jewish Studies Association (founding president), American Philosophical Association, Association for Jewish Studies, Rabbinical Assembly, American Academy Religion, The Authors Guild.

Background

Sherwin, Byron Lee was born on February 18, 1946 in New York City. Son of Sidney and Jean Sylvia (Rabinowitz) Sherwin.

Education

Bachelor of Science, Columbia University, New York City, 1966. Bachelor of Hebrew Literature, Jewish Theological Seminary of America, 1966. Master of Hebrew Literature, Jewish Theological Seminary of America, 1968.

Master of Arts, New York University, 1969. Doctor of Philosophy, University Chicago, 1978. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Jewish Theological Seminary America, 1996.

Career

Professor Jewish philosophy and mysticism, Spertus College Judaica, Chicago, since 1970;vice president academic affairs, Spertus College Judaica, Chicago, since 1984.

Achievements

  • Ordained rabbi, 1970.

Works

Religion

A rabbi in the Conservative Judaism movement, he trained at the Jewish Theological Seminary with Abraham Joshua Heschel. Sherwin served as a senior administrator at the Spertus Institute and as Distinguished Service Professor of Jewish Philosophy and Mysticism. Sherwin was reportedly "The first rabbi in 400 years to lecture at the Catholic seminary in Bialystok, and the first Jew ever to lecture on Judaism at the University of Warsaw." He was the author of dozens of books and articles in Jewish studies.

"In 1995, he was awarded the "Officer's Order of Merit" by President Lech Wałęsa of The Republic of Poland and in 1996 received an honorary Doctor of Hebrew Letters from the Jewish Theological Seminary." He also received the 1992 "Man of Reconciliation Award" from the Polish Council of Christians and Jews.

Membership

Member Midwest Jewish Studies Association (founding president), American Philosophical Association, Association for Jewish Studies, Rabbinical Assembly, American Academy Religion, The Authors Guild.

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Avocations: cooking, book collecting.

Connections

Married Judith Rita Schwartz, December 24, 1972. 1 child, Jason Samuel.

father:
Sidney Sherwin

mother:
Jean Sylvia (Rabinowitz) Sherwin

spouse:
Judith Rita Schwartz

child:
Jason Samuel Sherwin