Israel, Richard J.


Richard James Israel (1929-2000) was born in Chicago, received his B.A. from the University of Chicago in 1950, and was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati in 1957. Following ordination, Rabbi Israel became Associate Director of the UCLA Hillel Council, a position he held until 1959 when he became Hillel Director at Yale University. In 1962, the American Jewish Congress awarded him a special citation for civil rights activities, following his involvement in a clergy-led protest against segregation in Georgia. In 1971 he was appointed Executive Director of the Hillel Council of Greater Boston. (Inventory of the Richard J. Israel papers, American Jewish Archives)

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