Shelly Lewis

Rabbi Shelly Lewis was educated at the University of Chicago and the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City, where he was ordained as a Rabbi. He was a student of Professor Abraham Joshua Heschel and has been active in civil and human rights causes, especially the movement to free Soviet Jewry and the quest for peace with justice. He served as an Army Chaplain in Vietnam. Now Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Kol Emeth in Palo Alto, he had served as Rabbi of the synagogue for 33 years. He has had an abiding interest in reconciliation efforts in the Middle East as a supporter of the Open House in Ramle, the Al Amal School near Bethlehem, and Rabbis For Human Rights. Shelley is the author of Torah of Reconciliation (Gefen, 2012). He is married to Lorri, and they have been blessed with four sons, four daughters-in-law and, so far, seven grandchildren.