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rabbi , Religious educational administrator

Gary Phillip Zola, Religious educational administrator, rabbi. Ordained rabbi, 1982.


Zola, Gary Phillip was born on February 17, 1952 in Chicago, Illinois, United States.


Bachelor in American History with distinction, University of Michigan, 1973; Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Northwestern University, 1976; Doctor of Philosophy in American Jewish History, Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati, 1991.


Director informal education and youth activities Temple Israel, Minneapolis, 1973-1974. Regional youth director, assistant camp director Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute, UAHC, Chicago, 1974-1977. Student pulpit B'nai Israel Congregation, Williamson, West Virginia, 1978-1979.

Member student pulpit Anshe Sholom Congregation, Olympia Fields, Illinois, 1979-1980, Columbus Hebrew Congregation, Columbus, Indiana, 1981-1982. Rabbi for high holy days Chicago Jewish Experience, Chicago, 1982-1994. National director admissions Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute Religion, Cincinnati, 1982-1989, national dean admissions and student affairs, 1989-1991, national dean admissions, student affairs and alumni relations, 1991-1998.

Executive director Jacob Rader Marcus Center American Jewish Archives at Hebrew Union College, since 1998. Professor American Jewish Experience Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute Religion, since 2009. Delaware Emerging Leaders Conference, American Council for International Leadership, 1989, 91.

Board directors American Jewish Committee, Cincinnati, since 1982, member executive committee, since 1984. Board directors Hillel University Cincinnati, 1991-1994, Jewish Federation, Cincinnati, 1993-1995. President Greater Cincinnati Board Rabbis, 1993-1995, Jewish Community Relations Council, (board director,1994—).

Founding member Kehillah of Cincinnati, Jewish Think Tank. President Martin Luther King Junior Coalition Cincinnati, 2003-2005. Chair Commission for Commemorating 350 Years of America Jewish History.


  • Ordained rabbi, 1982.



Board directors ethics committee Jewish Hospital, Cincinnati. Life member North America Federation Temple Youth. Active National Conference of Christians and Jews.

Member Central Conference American Rabbis, Organization American Historians, Association Jewish Studies, Southern Jewish History Society, American Jewish History Society, North America Federation Temple Youth (life), Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission United States Congress (academic advisory council, 06-10).


Married Stefani Paula Rothberg. Children: Amanda Roi, Jorin Benjamin, Jeremy Micah, Samantha Leigh.

Stefani Paula Rothberg

Jorin Benjamin Zola

Jeremy Micah Zola

Amanda Roi Zola

Samantha Leigh Zola