Stephen Fried – Author of The New Rabbi

Join us on Monday, September 9th at 12:15pm PDT, we have the honor of presenting  bestselling author Stephen Fried, who will have his first public discussion in years about his 2002 book, The New Rabbi.

When the book was first published, it shocked organized Judaism, but has since become a staple of all clergy training, and is read widely by lay leaders. Stephen Fried will be joining us via Zoom and the discussion will be moderated by AJRCA Board and Faculty Member Rabbi Mark Diamond. Their discussion will be followed by Q&A from those in virtual attendance.

The Lunch and Learn will be streamed using Zoom – to join us, click here on Monday, September 9 at 12:15pm PDT. If you will be joining us in person, our viewing party will be on the third floor in Kalsman at the UCLA Hillel, 574 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles, 90024.
Please scroll down for more information on our guest speaker. For those who have not read The New Rabbi, we encourage you to read Fried’s 2013 article on how congregations select new rabbis.

We hope you can join us.

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Parking is available in UCLA Lot #2 at Westholme and Hilgard Avenues and costs $6.00 for 2 hours.

Our Speaker
Stephen Fried is an award-winning journalist and bestselling author who teaches at Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania.

He is the author of seven nonfiction books including, most recently, biographies of founding father Dr. Benjamin Rush (“Rush”), and inspirational railroad hospitality entrepreneur Fred Harvey (“Appetite for America”), as well as a mental health biography co-authored with Congressman Patrick Kennedy (“A Common Struggle”).

In the Jewish community he is best known for his 2002 book “The New Rabbi”, which combines a story of the “retail business of religion” with his own spiritual journey after the death of his father, and his 2016 Forward cover story “Jews Must Take Mental Illness Out of the Shadows” which led to the “Brain Health & Faith” presentations he does around the country to help houses of worship and communities improve their support for people with mental illness and addiction.

Fried is a two-time winner of the National Magazine Award, and his Rush biography is a finalist for this year’s George Washington Book Prize. He has been a staff writer at Vanity Fair, GQ, Glamour and Philadelphia magazine. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, author Diane Ayres.