Rabbi Marc D. Angel

Rabbi Marc D. Angel

Rabbi Marc D. Angel is Founder and Director of the Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals (jewishideas.org), fostering an intellectually vibrant, compassionate and inclusive Orthodox Judaism. He is Rabbi Emeritus of the historic Congregation Shearith Israel, the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue of New York City (founded 1654), where he began serving in 1969.

Born and raised in the Sephardic community of Seattle, Washington, he went to New York for his higher education at Yeshiva University where he earned his B.A., M.S., Ph.D. and Rabbinic Ordination. He also earned an M.A. in English Literature from the City College of New York.

Author and editor of 38 books, he has written and lectured extensively on various aspects of Jewish law, history and culture. Among his books are Foundations of Sephardic Spirituality: The Inner Life of Jews of the Ottoman Empire (Jewish Lights, 2006); and Maimonides, Spinoza and Us: Toward an Intellectually Vibrant Judaism, (Jewish Lights, 2009), both of which won Finalist Awards from the National Jewish Book Council. His book, Choosing to Be Jewish: The Orthodox Road to Conversion (Ktav, 2005) has reached many thousands of readers. His most recent books are a commentary on Pirkei Avot published by Koren (2015); The Wisdom of Solomon and Us (Jewish Lights, 2016); and A New World: An American Sephardic Memoir (Albion-Andalus, 2019). He serves as Editor of Conversations, the journal of the Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals.

Rabbi Angel is Past President of the Rabbinical Council of America (1990-1992). He has served as officer and board member of numerous agencies including the UJA-Federation of New York, the American Sephardi Federation, the Rabbinic Cabinet of Jewish National Fund, and the HealthCare Chaplaincy. He has won awards from many institutions including Yeshiva University, the Orthodox Union, and the New York Board of Rabbis. He is co-founder of the International Rabbinic Fellowship, an association of Modern Orthodox rabbis.

Rabbi Angel is married to Gilda Angel. Their children and grandchildren live in New York, Baltimore and Teaneck.

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Prof. David Passig

Prof. David Passig is a futurist, lecturer, consultant and best-selling author who specializes in technological, social and educational futures. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Future Studies from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, USA. Prof. Passig is an Associate Professor at Bar-Ilan University (BIU), Ramat-Gan, Israel, in which he heads the Graduate Program in Communication Technologies as well as the Virtual Reality Lab. Prof. Passig has consulted for many corporations as well as public and private sector institutes. He is the chair in one of his own FutureCode Ltd., which develops and employs tool-kits of computerized Futures methods in decision making processes. He is a co-founder of ThinkZ, Ltd., which develops IoT technologies. He has consulted in Israel, Asia, Europe South and North America. He has served as the chief advisor to the Commissioner for Future Generations in the Israeli Parliament. Among his many activities, he is a member of the Israeli National Council for Research & Development. His bestseller books are: “The Future Code,” “2048” and “Forcognito – The Future Mind”. Each has received Israel’s coveted Gold Book Award www.thefuturecode.com.

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