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Harold M. Schulweis, ThD Biography

Rabbi of Valley Beth Shalom Temple
Pro to the question "Is Sexual Orientation Determined at Birth?"

“Scholars agree that the authors of the Bible and Talmud took their position on the issue of homosexuality on the assumption that homosexual behavior was an act of freedom of choice, that the homosexual acted either to defy God, or to oppose the law, or as a holy prostitute using his or her body, to serve a pagan cult. The assumption of the ancients about the motivation of the homosexual was based on factual error…we are dealing with mounting evidence that there are genetic factors which play a large role, perhaps a determining role, in this behavior.”

Valley Beth Shalom website, Mar. 2004

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Rabbi, Valley Beth Shalom Temple, Encino, CA, 1970-present
  • Senior Editor, Sh’ma
  • Contributing Editor, The Reconstructionist Movement and The Baltimore Jewish Times
  • Former Adjunct Professor of Jewish Contemporary Civilization, University of Judaism, Los Angeles
  • Faculty member of B’nai B’rith Adult Education Commission
  • Former Lecturer in Jewish Theology, Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles
  • Crown of the Good Name Award of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, 1994
  • Martin Buber Award of the American Friends of Hebrew University, 1992
  • Maurice Eiesendrath Bearer of Light Award of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, 1991
  • Human Relations Award of the Valley Interfaith Committee, 1991
  • Founding Chairman, Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, 1986
  • Secretary, National Rabbinical Assembly of America, 1972
  • Chairman/Founder, Institute For the Righteous Acts, 1962
  • Rabbi, Temple Beth Abraham, Oakland, CA, 1952-1970
  • Instructor of Philosophy, City College of New York, 1950-1952
  • ThD, Pacific School of Religion, 1972
  • MHL, Jewish Theological Seminary, 1950
  • MA, Philosophy, New York University, 1947
  • BA, Yeshiva College, 1945
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