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Religious studies educator

Saul Philip Wachs, religious studies educator. Recipient Aaron Zacks award American Association for Jewish Education, 1959, Behrman House award for lifetime achievement Jewish Educators Assembly, 1995, Ateret Kavod award United Synagogue, Alumni award School Education Jewish Theological Seminary American, 2006.


Wachs, Saul Philip was born on December 24, 1931 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Abraham and Annette (Schaller) Wachs.


Hebrew teacher diploma, Gratz College, 1951. Bachelor of Science in Education, Temple University, 1953. Bachelor of Religious Education, Jewish Theological Seminary, 1956.

Bachelor in Sacred Music, Jewish Theological Seminary, 1959. Doctor Pedagogy (honorary), Jewish Theological Seminary, 1989. Master of Arts, Ohio State University, 1966.

Doctor of Philosophy, Ohio State University, 1970.


Director education Congregation Tifereth Israel, Columbus, Ohio, 1960-1970, Park Ave Synagogue, New York City, 1970-1972. Assistant professor, director Jewish education program Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts, 1972-1975. Dean Gratz College, Philadelphia, 1975-1980, Rosaline B. Feinstein professor of Jewish education and liturgy, chair department, since 1980.

Lecturer GNAT 3 College, Chair End. Department, since 1975. Director, doctoral programs education GNAT 3 College, since 2007.

Board directors Jewish Education Assembly, New York City, 1965-1970, Akiba, Merion, Pennsylvania, since 1975, Beth Hillel-Beth El, Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, 1984-1988, Council for Jewish Education, New York City, 1970-1974. Visiting lecturer Hebrew University, 1986-1989, tutor, 1988-1989, visiting researcher, 1985. Visiting adjunct professor American U.-George Washington University.

Visiting professor Jewish Theological Seminary American. Visiting instructor College of Jewish Studies, Cleveland, 1965-1969. Consultant United Synagogue Department Education, since 1980, Herzlia United Schools, Cape Town, since 1989.

Member ethical advisory committee Jewish Family and Children's Service, Philadelphia. Visiting professor Baltimore Hebrew University, 1998-2000, University Judaism, since 1998, Jewish Theological Seminary, 1998.



Member Soviet Jewry committee Phila Jewish Community Relations Council. Board directors Akiba Hebrew Academy, since 1992. Member Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Coalition for Jewish Education, Association for Jewish Studies, Association Institutions of Higher Learning in Jewish (past president), Phi Delta Kappa.


Married Barbara Ruth Eidelman, January 27, 1957 (deceased 1997). Children: Sharona Rachel, Hillel Eliezer, Devorah Leah, Aviva Marcia (deceased). Married Diane Ruth Cover, February 6, 2000.

Abraham Wachs

Annette (Schaller) Wachs

Barbara Ruth Eidelman

Diane Ruth Cover

Sharona Rachel Wachs

Hillel Eliezer Wachs

Devorah Leah Wachs

Aviva Marcia Wachs (deceased)