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Rabbi Eric Yoffie        

Writer, Lecturer & Internationally Known Religious Leader

Rabbi Eric Yoffie is a writer, lecturer and internationally known religious leader. A powerful, thoughtful, and humorous speaker, he talks to both religious and general audiences on Israel and the Middle East, Business Ethics, Leadership, American Religious Life and American Jewish Life. He has presented at the World Economic Forum in Davos, and has appeared on Fox News, CNN, and many other news outlets. He writes regularly for The Huffington Post, The Jerusalem Post and Haaretz and is quoted frequently in the general and Jewish press.

Traveling often to Israel and meeting frequently with Israel's elected leadership, Yoffie is an expert on Israel and the Middle East and one of the most frequently quoted American Jewish leaders on the subject for the past two decades. Jonathan Tobin of Commentary magazine wrote that "Rabbi Eric Yoffie may have been, like many Reform Jews, a liberal and a critic of Israel's nationalist right and its Orthodox religious establishment, but he was also in the tradition of the mid-century leaders Stephen Wise and Abba Hillel Silver -- who changed Reforms orientation from hostility to Zionism toward passionate advocacy."

In the realm of interfaith relations, Yoffie holds an astonishing number of "firsts." He was the first rabbi to address the students and faculty of the Rev. Jerry Falwell's Liberty University; the first major Jewish leader to speak at the convention of the Islamic Society of North America; and the first Jew ever to address the Church-wide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. As one newspaper put it, he has been American Jewry's Daniel, going where others have not gone. He was also the only American religious leader to address the Million Mom March in Washington, D.C., presenting a religious view of the issue of guns and gun control.

In the last several years, primarily in his writings in The Huffington Post, Yoffie has addressed matters of belief and spirituality as they impact Americans of all faiths and of no faith. He has been an articulate advocate for a modern and thoughtful approach to American religious life.

Speech Topics


Israel and the Middle East

A fresh look at Israel’s inspiring story, external threats, and internal challenges

Jews, Catholics, Muslims, Evangelicals

How to have meaningful and effective interfaith dialogue

The Church-State Dilemma

What role should religion play in politics and where should we draw the line?

News


Reform Rabbi Eric Yoffie and his Jew-Hating Friends

"History is filled with Jewicidal Jews who side with those who would destroy them. But never have they been so mainstream as they are today", says the writer. Arutz Sheva salutes this courageous Zionist activist and writer.

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | The Huffington Post

Rabbi Eric Yoffie is a speaker, writer, and internationally-known religious leader. A bold, compelling, and inspiring speaker, he has presented at the World ...

Now Is Liberal Religion's Moment | The Huffington Post

By Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie. For those of us who are adherents of liberal religion in America, this is our moment. Liberal churches and synagogues — and all other ...

Religion In The Public Square: 8 Rules For The Age Of Trump | The ...

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie Lecturer, writer, and President Emeritus, Union for Reform Judaism. Religious Americans don't know what to do. When it comes to questions  ...

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