"I can think of no other Theologian [Rabbi Stephen Lewis Fuchs], who has done more to foster Peace and Understanding, unless it would be the Dalai Lama.”-- Donald (Skip) Conover
Rabbi Stephen Fuchs, D.Min, DD -- Biography Rabbi Fuchs served as Senior Rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel from 1997-2011. Following his retirement from Beth Israel, he began an appointment as President of the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ). He traveled the world while serving in that role until October 2012.
Currently, Rabbi Fuchs writes and lectures extensively, both domestically and abroad. He has worked hard to convey that the essence of Jewish values are found in gemilut hasadim — concrete acts of caring and kindness that make a difference in the lives of others.
Rabbi Fuchs’ first book, What’s in it for Me? Finding Ourselves in Biblical Narratives, was published in 2014 and translated into German in 2015 and into Russian in 2016. His second book, ToraHighlights, a collection of commentaries on each weekly Torah portion, was published in the fall of 2016 and is available in both English and German. The rabbi's third book, Why the Kof? Getting the Best of Rabbi Fuchs, is a collection of his best (to date) essays and blog posts compiled and edited by freelance writer Susan Marie Shuman of SusanWritesPrecise. Topics range from love and loss to travel adventures, from the Holy Days to politics, and more. Also included is a biography of Rabbi Fuchs which details his achievements, setbacks, hopes and dreams.
In addition to his books, Rabbi Fuchs has published more than 100 articles, essays and book chapters on subjects pertaining to Jewish life and Jewish/Christian relations. Copies of his book and the sermons that he delivered while Senior Rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel are available in the Temple Learning Center. You can link to Rabbi Fuchs’ blog here and access his writings on ReformJudaism.orghere.
He is a past chair of the Central Conference of American Rabbis Committee on inter-religious affairs. He participated in the historic meeting of Pope John Paul II with Jewish leaders in Miami, Florida, in 1987. Rabbi was also among 90 leaders invited to the White House for breakfast with President and Mrs. Clinton and Vice President and Mrs. Gore in 1993 and 1997.
Rabbi Fuchs was elected by the Central Conference of American Rabbis to serve on the National Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism. He has also served on the Board of Directors of FoodShare, the regional food bank for Hartford and Tolland counties; the Hartford Rotary; and was an adjunct faculty member at the Hartford Seminary and Saint Joseph College.
Rabbi Fuchs played an instrumental role in ensuring the passage of SustiNet, legislation that provides access to quality, affordable health care to Connecticut residents.
In the Spring of 2004, Rabbi Fuchs received the first annual Judaic Heritage Award from the Charter Oak Cultural Center. In October 2006 he was awarded the “Legion of Honor” award by the Chapel of Four Chaplains. This is a national non-profit organization which gives this prestigious honor to those who exhibit outstanding volunteer service to one’s community and fellow human beings without regard for faith or race.
Rabbi Stephen Fuchs has recently accepted a seasonal position as rabbi at Bat Yam The Temple of the Islands. For details, visit our Media Page! Rabbi Fuchs and his wife Vickie, a retired public school teacher, have three children, Leo, Sarah, and Benjamin, and five grandchildren.
Repeatedly in the Bible, it is the woman who gets it and the man who is clueless. Eve has been maligned for generations for the supposed fall of man, when in fact; she is the heroine of the elevation of humanity. ~