Orthodox rabbi chosen to lead multifaith California theological center

Source: Religion News Service

BY Yonat Shimron

(RNS) — Berkeley’s Graduate Theological Union, a multifaith consortium of research centers and seminaries, has selected the first non-Christian president in its history.

Daniel Lehmann, an Orthodox rabbi and the president of Hebrew College in Newton Centre, Mass., was picked to lead the Northern California union that offers graduate and doctoral degree programs for students interested in Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu traditions.

Lehmann will succeed Riess Potterveld, an ordained United Church of Christ minister, who is retiring after five years as president.

For Lehmann, 56, it will be the first time in his career that he will lead a non-Jewish institution. But he said he is passionate about multifaith learning.

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