Our Rabbi Emeritus, Albert Micah Lewis, was ordained at HUC-JIR in 1969. Rabbi Lewis earned his Doctorate in Hebrew Literature in 1978 and has been awarded a Doctor of Divinity degree by HUC-JIR (1994) and a Doctorate of Literary Letters by Aquinas College. He is a nationally recognized writer and speaker. Dr. Lewis continues to teach and counsel the families of Congregation Emanuel.
A newspaper columnist, Dr. Lewis’ articles have been widely circulated throughout the United States, Canada and Great Britain.
Dr. Lewis was appointed to the Governor’s Commission on Aging by Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, and is the president of Life Transitions Consulting, a corporation facilitating lifelong education and staff development in retirement and nursing home facilities. The rabbi is the founding president of Hospice of Grand Rapids (MI) and the Western Michigan chapter of the Michigan Society for Gerontology. Dr. Lewis is a consultant to fortune 500 companies.
Rabbi Lewis is the author of Soul Sounds: Reflections on Life (Common Good, 2009), The Lord is My Shepherd: Psalms to Accompany Us on Our Journey through Aging (Eerdman, 2002) and a co-author of Retirement Begins at Forty (CCAR, 1980).