Bachelor, University Cincinnati, 1936. MHL, Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati, 1941. Doctor of Philosophy, Vanderbilt University, 1952.
Master of Business Administration, University Cincinnati, 1970. Doctor of Divinity (Honorary), Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute Religion, 1981.
Director religious education Temple Israel, Boston, 1939-1940. Rabbi Congregation Children of Israel, Augusta, Georgia, 1941-1947. Director field activities Union of America Hebrew Congregations, New York City, 1947-1948.
Rabbi Vine St. Temple, Nashville, 1948-1950. Professor Jewish religious education Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati, 1950-1981. Rabbi Congregation Aaron, Trinidad, Colorado, since 1975.
Adjunct professor Chapman University, Albuquerque, since 1987. Trustee Alfred Freudenthal Foundation, Trinidad, since 1983. Chairman committee on contracts, salaries, and finance Center Conference American Rabbis, New York City, since 1989.
Member Center Conference American Rabbis (B'Yad Chazaka award 1989, honorary member 1991), National Association Temple Educators (Emanuel Gamoran award 1972), National Association Retired Reform Rabbis (pres 1990-1992).
Married Sylvia Cohen, September 22, 1940. Children: Judith I. Palay, Joel R.