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                       Guest For  MONDAY JUNE 22, 2009

                                       (Originally aired 03-28-90)

                      RABBI  BALFOUR BRICKNER

                                  (1926-2005 R.I.P.)

                        

    

                         Senior Reform Rabbi 

   

        Stephen Wise Free Synagogue in Manhattan

         

                           Civil Rights Leader

         

                       Anti Viet Nam War Activist

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More about: RABBI BALFOUR BRICKNER (1926-2005 R.I.P.)

 

Balfour Brickner (November 18, 1926 - August 29, 2005) was a leading rabbi in the Reform Judaism movement, who was rabbi emeritus of the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue in Manhattan. Rabbi Brickner was a longtime political activist who was involved in the civil rights struggle (he was arrested at the Monson Motor Lodge in St. Augustine, Florida on June 18, 1964, as part of the largest mass arrest of rabbis in American history, having gone there at the urging of Martin Luther King), the Vietnam antiwar movement (traveling to Paris with an interfaith peace group to meet with Viet Cong leaders) and efforts supporting a woman's right to choose abortion. He lived in Fort Lee, New Jersey and Stockbridge, Massachusetts.[1] Rabbi Brickner was born in Cleveland, Ohio, where his father, Barnett, led Congregation Anshe Chesed, one of the country's largest Reform congregations. Balfour Brickner served in the United States Navy during World War II. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1948, with a bachelor's degree in philosophy. In 1952, he received his rabbinic ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati. A year after he was ordained, he moved to Washington, D.C., where he founded Temple Sinai. He served there until 1961, when he moved to New York City for a position in the national headquarters of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (now known as the Union for Reform Judaism. Though described as "a passionate Zionist," he openly aired his criticism of Israeli policies.[2] Brickner served on the boards of the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws, the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League and the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. He was selected by New York magazine as one of its 2003 list of the 50 sexiest New Yorkers, noting that he had "the looks of a rake (wavy silver mane, chiseled jaw) and the soul of a mensch."[3][2][4] Brickner's book Finding God in the Garden (Little, Brown and Company) was published by in 2002.[4] Dr. Eugene Fisher, Associate Director of the U.S. Bishops' Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, wrote on the occasion of the death of Rabbi Balfour Brickner that he was one of the great leaders of Reform Judaism and one of the greatest American religious leaders of the second half of the twentieth century. Fisher's praise of Brickner was controversial however because of Bricker's role in the pro-choice movement. [5] References 1.^ Saxon, Wolfgang. "Balfour Brickner, Activist Reform Rabbi, Dies at 78", The New York Times, September 1, 2005. Accessed November 4, 2007. "Rabbi Balfour Brickner, a voice of Reform Judaism on issues like race and abortion and the rabbi emeritus of the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue in Manhattan, died on Monday at Mount Sinai Hospital. He was 78 and lived in Fort Lee, N.J., and Stockbridge, Mass." 2.^ a b Holley, Joe. "Rabbi Balfour Brickner, 78; Founded D.C.'s Temple Sinai", The Washington Post, September 1, 2005. Accessed November 4, 2007. 3.^ 50 Sexiest New Yorkers: Sexiest Rabbi - Balfour Brickner, New York (magazine), August 2003. Accessed November 4, 2007. 4.^ a b "Balfour Brickner, 78, Rabbi, Author, Social Activist", New York Sun, August 31, 2005. Accessed November 4, 2007. 5.^ Pro-Abortion Supporter of Eugenic Population Control and Gay Agenda Praised by USCCB Official

 

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Balfour Brickner (November 18, 1926 - August 29, 2005) was a leading rabbi in the Reform Judaism movement, who was rabbi emeritus of the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue in Manhattan. Rabbi Brickner was a longtime political activist who was involved in the civil rights struggle (he was arrested at the Monson Motor Lodge in St. Augustine, Florida on June 18, 1964, as part of the largest mass arrest of rabbis in American history, having gone there at the urging of Martin Luther King), the Vietnam antiwar movement (traveling to Paris with an interfaith peace group to meet with Viet Cong leaders) and efforts supporting a woman's right to choose abortion.

He lived in Fort Lee, New Jersey and Stockbridge, Massachusetts.[1]

Rabbi Brickner was born in Cleveland, Ohio, where his father, Barnett, led Congregation Anshe Chesed, one of the country's largest Reform congregations. Balfour Brickner served in the United States Navy during World War II. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1948, with a bachelor's degree in philosophy. In 1952, he received his rabbinic ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati.

A year after he was ordained, he moved to Washington, D.C., where he founded Temple Sinai. He served there until 1961, when he moved to New York City for a position in the national headquarters of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (now known as the Union for Reform Judaism. Though described as "a passionate Zionist," he openly aired his criticism of Israeli policies.[2]

Brickner served on the boards of the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws, the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League and the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. He was selected by New York magazine as one of its 2003 list of the 50 sexiest New Yorkers, noting that he had "the looks of a rake (wavy silver mane, chiseled jaw) and the soul of a mensch."[3][2][4]

Brickner's book Finding God in the Garden (Little, Brown and Company) was published by in 2002.[4]

Dr. Eugene Fisher, Associate Director of the U.S. Bishops' Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, wrote on the occasion of the death of Rabbi Balfour Brickner that he was “one of the great leaders of Reform Judaism and one of the greatest American religious leaders of the second half of the twentieth century.” Fisher's praise of Brickner was controversial however because of Bricker's role in the pro-choice movement. [5]

  1. ^ Saxon, Wolfgang. "Balfour Brickner, Activist Reform Rabbi, Dies at 78", The New York Times, September 1, 2005. Accessed November 4, 2007. "Rabbi Balfour Brickner, a voice of Reform Judaism on issues like race and abortion and the rabbi emeritus of the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue in Manhattan, died on Monday at Mount Sinai Hospital. He was 78 and lived in Fort Lee, N.J., and Stockbridge, Mass."
  2. ^ a b Holley, Joe. "Rabbi Balfour Brickner, 78; Founded D.C.'s Temple Sinai", The Washington Post, September 1, 2005. Accessed November 4, 2007.
  3. ^ 50 Sexiest New Yorkers: Sexiest Rabbi - Balfour Brickner, New York (magazine), August 2003. Accessed November 4, 2007.
  4. ^ a b "Balfour Brickner, 78, Rabbi, Author, Social Activist", New York Sun, August 31, 2005. Accessed November 4, 2007.
  5. ^ Pro-Abortion Supporter of Eugenic Population Control and Gay Agenda Praised by USCCB Official
 

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