Rabbi Lennie Gordon
Rabbi Leonard Gordon is co-Director, along with the Rev. Dr. Peter Pettit, of Interfaith Partners for Peace, a project of the Jewish Federations of North America and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA). With rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary, he has a BA and M Phil from Columbia University, and an MA in Religious Studies from Brown University. Currently a doctoral candidate in Interfaith Peace Studies at the Andover Newton Theological School, he studies Arabic at Northeastern University.
Gordon has taught comparative religion and Humanities at Columbia University, Kenyon College, and the Ohio State University; and he has taught rabbinic literature, history, philosophy, and liturgy at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, the Jewish Theological Seminary, the Hebrew College Rabbinical School, and the Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem.
Gordon is rabbi emeritus at the Germantown Jewish Centre in Philadelphia. He serves on the boards of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), the International Jewish Committee for Interfaith Consultations (IJCIC), and the National Council of Synagogues (NCS). At the JCPA, he co-chairs the taskforce on Jewish-Muslim relations. Previously, he served as the chair of Interfaith Relations. In that capacity, he has travelled to Israel with delegations of Evangelical thought leaders, Episcopalian and Muslim leaders, and with Interfaith Partners for Peace.