CRIMINAL KABBALAH
   MYSTERY MIDRASH


RABBI LAWRENCE W. RAPHAEL, Ph.D.

Rabbi Lawrence W. Raphael is the editor of Mystery Midrash: An Anthology of Jewish Mystery Short Stories (published by Jewish Lights in September, 1999 which is now in its third printing) and a collection of new stories, Criminal Kabbalah (also published by Jewish Lights in April, 2001). He has also written articles on such diverse topics as Bob Dylan and Rabbinic Messianism, The Future of the Reform Rabbinate, The Teaching of Ethical Wills, Personal Spirituality, and Contemporary Jewish Identity As Portrayed in Detective Fiction. He frequently lectures on these topics around the country.

Most recently, Rabbi Larry Raphael served as the first director of the Department of Adult Jewish Growth at the Union of American Hebrew Congregations. In that capacity, Rabbi Raphael was responsible for adult education materials, including the weekly publication of Torat Hayim: A Reform Torah Commentary, and Go and Study: Text Materials for Lay-Led Discussions. He also directed special retreat programs and the Kallot national study and spirituality events.

Prior to joining the UAHC in July 1996, Rabbi Raphael served as the dean of administration of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (New York) and the national director of continuing education for the Rabbinic Alumni Association of the College and the Central Conference of American Rabbis.

Since 1973 he has served as the rabbi of High Holiday Services for Young Adults, sponsored by the Metropolitan Conference of the National Federation of Temple Brotherhoods and Hebrew Union College.

Rabbi Raphael completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz (1967). He was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati (1974). He earned a Ph.D. in higher education and leadership from New York University (1990). The topic of his doctoral dissertation is Leadership and Excellence in Theological Seminaries.

Larry and his wife, Terrie, live in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and are the parents of Matthew, Andrew, and Rachel.

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