Transformative Jewish Leader, Author Richard Siegel Dies At 70
Posted Thursday, July 19, 2018 – 6:05 PM
By John L. Seitz
Richard Siegel, regarded as a transformative force in the Jewish world, died July 12 after a two year bout with cancer.
The husband of Laura Geller, senior rabbi emerita of Temple Emanuel in Beverly Hills, Richard was raised in Pittsburgh and earned an M.A. at Brandeis University and a second M.A. degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary. His master’s thesis at Brandeis – ”A Theoretical Construct for a Jewish Whole Earth Catalog” was subsequently developed into The Jewish Catalog, the best-selling guide to the Jewish counter-culture of the 1960s. His other books included The Jewish Almanac (Bantam Books, 1981) and The Writer In The Jewish Community: An Israel-North America Dialogue (Associated University Press, 1993).
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