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Obama weighs Rabbi Bycel for Holocaust Commission

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Rabbi Lee Bycel

Rabbi Lee Bycel

WASHINGTON, D.C  (Press Release). — In a list of intended nominations, U.S. President Barack Obama said he plans to appoint Rabbi Lee T. Bycel of Napa, California, as a member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council.

The White House website provided the following biographical information about Rabbi Bycel:

“Rabbi Lee T. Bycel is Rabbi of Congregation Beth Shalom in Napa, California, where he has served since 2012.  He is also an Adjunct Professor of Jewish Studies and Social Justice at the University of San Francisco, a position he has held since 2013.  Previously, he was Executive Director of the Redford Center, Executive Director of the Western Region of the American Jewish World Service, and Senior Advisor for Global Strategy for the International Medical Corps.

“From 1987 to 1997, he was Dean of the Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles, which he joined in 1982 as Associate Dean and Director of Admissions.  Rabbi Bycel is Founding Chair and a member of the board of 3Generations.  He is a Senior Moderator of Leadership Seminars at the Aspen Institute and a past president of the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations.

“Rabbi Bycel received a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, an M.A. and a Rabbinical Ordination from the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, and a D.Min. from the Claremont School of Theology.”

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