Rudin, A. James

Rabbi A. James Rudin is Senior Interreligious Adviser of the American Jewish Committee (New York). A graduate of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, he served congregations in Missouri and Illinois and as a United States Air Force chaplain. Since 1968 he has organized and spoken at many interreligious events in the U.S. and overseas. He has participated in nine meetings with Pope John Paul II at the Vatican and in the U.S., and in conferences with numerous Protestant and Eastern Orthodox leaders. Rabbi Rudin was the founder of the National Interreligious Task Force on Soviet Jewry, and co-founder of the National Interreligious Task Force on Black-Jewish Relations. He is the author of Israel for Christians: Understanding Modern Israel and co-editor of Evangelicals and Jews in Conversation and Twenty Years of Jewish-Catholic Relations, as well as co-author with his wife Marcia of Prison or Paradise? The New Religious Cults. Rabbi Rudin writes a weekly column for Religion News Service/Newhouse Newspaper Syndicate. His articles have appeared in many publications including the Christian Century, Commonweal, Judaism, and the Journal of Ecumenical Studies, as well as the Encyclopedia Judaica and the New Catholic Encyclopedia.