Gould Law Library Opens Judaica Exhibit

Touro Law’s Gould Law Library Opens Rabbi Whiman Exhibit of Ceremonial Objects

August 31, 2009

Central Islip, NY – Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center’s Gould Law Library is proud to present a new exhibit Ceremonial Objects from the Collection of Rabbi David A. Whiman, which includes synagogue carvings, spice boxes, torah mantles, seder dishes and other ritual objects. The Gould Law Library will host an opening of the exhibit, including a speech by Rabbi Whiman, on Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at 12:45 pm.

“We are thrilled to have this exhibit here in the library,” said Beth Mobley, Special Collection Curator and Associate Director of the Library. “It is a rich collection of objects that are both historical and beautiful.”

Rabbi David A. Whiman, a native of Norfolk, Virginia graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the College of William and Mary in 1971. Following graduation, he was commissioned an officer in the United States Navy and served in Europe, stationed in Greece and Italy.

Rabbi Whiman was ordained from the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati Ohio in 1979. Before coming to Syosset he was Senior Rabbi of Temple Shalom in Newton, Massachusetts and Congregation Beth Israel in Houston, Texas.

Rabbi Whiman is acknowledged as a creative and challenging speaker. In 2001, he was invited to preach at Harvard University’s Memorial Church. In 2002 he was the first Rabbi to address the Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops, and he delivered the Baccalaureate sermon at Commencement Exercises at his alma mater.

Rabbi Whiman completed his Doctorate from Andover Newton Theological School and has a particular interest in organizational learning and change management. He is co-author of Learning While Leading: Increasing Effectiveness in Ministry, published by The Alban Institute. He is completing work on a companion book “Seven Habits of Highly Dysfunctional Synagogues and What To Do About Them” designed to help synagogue lay leaders undertake projects of transformational change.

Rabbi Whiman is committed to life long Jewish learning. He directed the Religious School at Temple Shalom for seven years and is a three-time recipient of The National Association of Temple Educator’s Hillel Gamoran award for creative programming. His Newton congregation was a member of the first round of Reform congregations to participate in the movement’s Experiment in Congregational Education. He has taught widely in both Jewish and Christian settings. In Houston, he served on the board of the Institute of Religion and was instrumental in setting up a citywide Jewish-Christian dialogue. He has taught at Boston College, Andover Newton, Rice and Brandeis University.

Rabbi Whiman is an avid collector of antique Judaica. His collection of synagogue carvings and ritual objects has been displayed throughout the country and will be featured in an upcoming exhibit at the American Museum of Folk Art in New York City called the Synagogue and the Carousel.


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