Dr. Rebecca T. Alpert | Oral History



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Dr. Rebecca T. Alpert is Professor of Religion and Women's Studies at Temple University. She is a graduate of Barnard College. She was ordained as a rabbi at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 1976 and served as dean of students there for ten years. She taught Jewish Studies at Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges; at Rutgers University, Camden, New Jersey; Gratz College; and The Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. Rebecca is the co-author (with Jacob Staub) of Exploring Judaism: A Reconstructionist Approach (1985; rev.ed., 2000), author of Like Bread on the Seder Plate: Jewish Lesbians and the Transformation of Tradition published by Columbia University Press (1997), editor of Voices of the Religious Left: A Contemporary Sourcebook for Temple University Press (2000) and co-editor (with Sue Elwell and Shirley Idelson) of Lesbian Rabbis: The First Generation published by Rutgers University Press in 2001. She has written numerous articles on Jewish medical ethics and contemporary Jewish life, published in Tikkun, Judaism, Shofar , and The Journal of American Ethnic History. She published Out of Left Field: Jews and Black Baseball (Oxford University Press) in 2011.  In October 2014, Alpert was appointed as Associate dean for Academic Affairs of the College of Liberal Arts at Temple. Her next book, Religion and Sports: An Introduction and Case Studies, is scheduled to be published by Columbia University Press in May 2015  

(This biographical statement provided by Rebecca Alpert.)

Biography Date: June, 2003


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