Ron Wolfson, Ph.D.

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Ron Wolfson

Fingerhut Professor of Education

Phone: (818) 231-1441

Ext: 293


B.A., Religious Studies, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 1970
M.A., Education, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 1971
Ph.d., Education, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 1974
M.A., Jewish Studies, University of Judaism, Bel-Air, CA, 1976


Ron Wolfson, Ph.D. is the Fingerhut Professor of Education in the Graduate Center for Education.He joined the AJU faculty in 1975 as an Acting Professor.During his 40-plus year career at AJU, he has served as Director of the Education Department, founding Director of the Whizin Center for the Jewish Future, Director of the Ramah Academy, Dean of the Fingerhut School of Education, Special Assistant to the President, and Vice President of the University. 
Dr. Wolfson is a frequent scholar-in-residence for synagogues and communities, speaking on a wide range of topics in Jewish life, a co-founder of Synagogue 3000, an institute whose mission is to catalyze excellence in synagogue life, and a pioneer in the field of Jewish family education.


Dr. Wolfson’s series of books on the Art of Jewish Living have sold over 100,000 copies.
• First Fruit: A Whizin Anthology of Jewish Family Education (editor, with Adrianne Bank)
The following books are published and available from Jewish Lights Publishing,
• Shabbat: The Family Guide to Preparing for and Celebrating the Sabbath, Second Edition
• Passover: The Family Guide to Spiritual Celebration, Second Edition
• Hanukkah: The Family Guide to Spiritual Celebration, Second Edition
• A Time to Mourn, A Time to Comfort: A Guide to Jewish Bereavement and Comfort, Second Edition
• What You Will See Inside a Synagogue (with Lawrence Hoffman)
• The Spirituality of Welcoming: How to Transform Your Congregation into a Sacred Community
• God's To-Do List: 103 Ways to Be an Angel and Do God's Work on Earth
• The Seven Questions You're Asked in Heaven: Reviewing and Renewing Your Life on Earth
• Be Like God: God’s To-Do List for Kids
• Relational Judaism: Using the Power of Relationships to Transform the Jewish Community
• The Best Boy in the United States of America: A Memoir of Blessings and Kisses

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