About Carl Choper
Rabbi Carl Choper Bio
RABBI CARL S. CHOPER
Founding Director; The Religion and Society Center, for interfaith dialogue and cooperative action; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; 2006 – present.
Rabbi; The Jewish Home of Greater Harrisburg; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; 2006 – present.
Jewish Chaplain: Camp Hill Correctional Institute; Camp Hill, Pennsylvania; 2009 – present.
– Compassionate Care Hospice; Camp Hill, Pennsylvania; 2006 – 2012.
– South Mountain Restoration Center, part of the State Mental Hospital system;
South Mountain, Pennsylvania; 1994 – 2009.
Affiliate Jewish Chaplain; Lebanon Valley College; Annville, Pennsylvania; 2016 – present.
Rabbi, including liturgical, pastoral, educational and communal leadership responsibilities; Temple Beth Shalom, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania; 1990 – 2006.
Adjunct Professor: Gettysburg College; Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; 2014.
– Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; 2006.
– Lebanon Valley College; Camp Hill, Pennsylvania campus; 2001.
Project Coordinator; Federation of Reconstructionist Congregations and Havurot (now Jewish Reconstructionist Movement); successfully launching the Center City Reconstructionist Synagogue (now Leyv Ha-Ir); Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 1990.
DEGREES AND FORMAL EDUCATION
Rabbinic Ordination and M.A. in Hebrew Letters; Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Wyncote, Pennsylvania; 1990.
M.A. in American Studies; University of Maryland, College Park; 1986.
B.A. in Urban Studies, Magna Cum Laude; University of Maryland, College Park; 1984.
Clinical Pastoral Education (chaplaincy training); Abington Hospital; Abington, Pennsylvania; Summer 1987.
Doctor of Divinity (Honorary), Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, 2015.
Rabbinic Program of the Jewish Spirituality Institute, a Jewish inter-denominational project exploring meditative practice and traditional Kabbalistic and Hasidic texts; 2000 – 2001. –
SELECT COMMUNITY SERVICE AND INTERFAITH EXPERIENCE
Mayor’s Interfaith Advisory Council; City of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; 2014 – present.
Community Advisory Board; WITF – Central Pennsylvania’s Public Broadcasting Affilitate; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; 2010 – present.
Chair; Professional Consultation Committee; Clinical Pastoral Education Program; Bethany Village Retirement Community; Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania; 2001- 2011.
Mechanicsburg Area Ministerium, including terms as President and Vice President; 1990 – 2006.
Interfaith Roundtable (major organizer); Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania; 1993 – 2006.
Rabbinic Member on Reconstructionist Movement Placement Commission overseeing procedures for rabbinic placement and rabbinic-congregational relations; 1999 – 2006.
Rabbinic Member on Reconstructionist Movement Prayerbook Commission overseeing the editing of the Reconstructionist High Holiday prayerbook, published in 1999.
Chair; Rabbinic Advisory Committee; United Jewish Community of Greater Harrisburg (now Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg); Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; 1994-1995.
AIDS Interfaith Task Force of Greater Harrisburg; 1993-1995.
Coolidge Colloquium of the Association for Religion and Intellectual Life (one month long); Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge Massachusetts; 1990.
Seminarians Interacting, an interfaith dialogue program of NCCJ; 1988 – 1990.
Co – Coordinator; Dialogue Project of Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia; 1986 – 1990.
– Nguzo Saba (Seven Principles of Kwanzaa) Award for Unity, from Life Esteem of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 2011.
– Jane Addams Peace Award, from the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 2010.
– Champions of Diversity Award, from the Institute for Cultural Partnerships, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 2010.
– Compassion in Action Award, from the Blue Mountain Lotus Society (a Buddhist community), Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 2006.
– Bonei Kehilla Award, Jewish Reconstructionist Federation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2006.
– Voice Training; Violin; Some keyboard skills and music theory.