Rabbi Dr. Kerry Olitzky, One of ’50 Leading Rabbis in North America,’ transitions to authoring children’s books

On this week's Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast, Rabbi Dr. Kerry Olitzky discusses his new experience of authoring a children's book, Avi and Ahmed Play Football in Jerusalem’s Sacher Park. Olitzky is the founder and former executive director of Big Tent Judaism,  a national independent organization dedicated to bringing Judaism to interfaith families and the unaffiliated, and was named by Newsweek as one of the "50 Leading Rabbis in North America."

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About the Guest

Dr. Kerry M. Olitzky

Dr. Kerry M. Olitzky is the former long time executive director of Big Tent Judaism (previously the Jewish Outreach Institute), a national independent organization dedicated to bringing Judaism to interfaith families and the unaffiliated. He served as visiting professor at the Abraham Geiger Kolleg/University of Pottsdam in Germany and

has been a Fellow at the City University Graduate Center (NY) in its Jewish Studies Program. He has been named as one of the 50 Leading Rabbis in North America by Newsweek. Formerly, he served as vice president of the Wexner Heritage Foundation, the premier adult Jewish learning and Jewish leadership program in North America. Previously, he was national Dean of Adult Jewish Learning and Living of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion where he served on the faculty and administration for 15 years following his tenure as rabbi at Congregation Beth Israel in West Hartford, CT. A leader in the development of innovative Jewish education, particularly for adults, he has shaped training programs for clergy of all faiths, especially in the area of pastoral care and counseling in the Jewish community. He has done pioneering work in the area of Jewish Twelve Step spirituality, as well as Jewish Gerontology. 

He is the author of over 75 books and hundreds of articles in a variety of fields, including four books on addiction and recovery. His opinion pieces are published in leading publications throughout North America and in Israel. Among his most recent publications are: a new translation and commentary on the book of Job with Leonard Kravitz (Wipf and Stock), an inclusive haggadah called Welcome to the Seder (Behrman House) and children’s books: Where’s the Potty of this Ark (Kar-Ben) and The Littlest Candle: A Hanukkah Story (Kalaniot). 

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