Bradley Shavit Artson

Bradley Shavit Artson

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson (born 1959) is an author, speaker, and the Dean of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, California, where he is Vice-President.

Education and career

Born and raised in San Francisco, Brad Artson holds the A.B. Degree from Harvard College, cum laude, in 1981. As an undergraduate, he served as the LBJ Intern for United States Representative Burton and was an intern for United States Senator Alan Cranston. Following graduation, Artson was a Legislative Assistant to the Speaker of the California Assembly for two years and was ordained with honors by the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1988. He wrote his first book, "Love Peace and Pursue Peace: A Jewish Response to War and Nuclear Annihilation" while in rabbinical school.

For 10 years, Artson served as the Rabbi of Congregation Eilat in Mission Viejo, which grew under his tenure from about 200 families to over 600. During that period, his Introduction to Judaism course helped over 200 people convert to Judaism, and 10 of his congregants have entered the rabbinate in turn.

From 1998 - 1999, Rabbi Artson was a member of the Senior Management of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and served as the Executive Vice President of the Board of Rabbis of Southern California. In 1999, he began his work at the University of Judaism. in addition to his work as Rabbinical School Dean and University Vice-President, Rabbi Artson is a Doctoral Candidate at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Contemporary Jewish Theology, under the supervision of Rabbi Dr. David Ellenson.

His scholarly fields are Jewish philosophy and theology, particularly a process approach integrating contemporary scientific insights from cosmology, quantum physics, evolutionary theory and neuroscience to a dynamic view of God, Torah, Mitzvot and ethics. He is a charter member of the Society for the Study of Judaism and Science.


A prominent leader of Conservative Judaism, Rabbi Artson serves on the Leadership Council of Conservative Judaism. He writes a weekly Torah commentary that has over 13,000 internet subscribers. He is the author of 5 books, most recently "The Bedside Torah: Wisdom, Visions & Dreams" and "Gift of Soul, Gift of Wisdom: Spiritual Resources for Leadership and Mentoring" and he has written over 190 articles in several magazines. Brad Artson is a passionate advocate of spiritual depth and vigor, environmental ethics, social justice, inclusion of gays & lesbians, the human dignity of people with special needs, traditional mitzvah observance, and the efforts to apply an ancient and variegated tradition to contemporary spiritual and social needs.

In 2008, Rabbi Artson ordained Rabbi Gershom Sizomu, the leader of the Abayudaya Tribe and participated a rabbinic delegation to Uganda to install him as the first African Rabbi in Subsaharan Africa. While in Africa he joined a Beit Din in converting 250 Africans from Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana, and Uganda. A Regional Chief bestowed upon him the African name Walusansa Salongo.

A pioneer in serious and accessible adult education, Rabbi Artson launched the WALKING WITH … series, an annual series of books distributed free of charge and available on the web as complimentary PDF files [] . In 2007 he produced "Walking With God"and in 2008, "Walking With Justice." Under his direction, the Ziegler School sponsors a podcast page [ link] that presents the monthly discussions of Rabbi Artson, a Rebbe's Tish of Reb Mimi Feigelson, lessons on the Siddur and prayer by Rabbi Elliot Dorff, and a Halakhah Yomi by Rabbi Aaron Alexander.

Artson has served on the faculty of the Wexner Heritage Foundation and as a speaker for UJC/Federation communities.


Brad Artson is married to Elana Shavit Artson, and they are the parents of twins, Shira and Jacob.


*The Everyday Torah: Weekly Reflections and Inspirations (McGraw Hill)
*Gift of Soul, Gift of Wisdom: Spiritual Resources for Leadership & Mentoring (Behrman House)
*The Bedside Torah: Wisdom, Visions, and Dreams (McGraw Hill)
*It's A Mitzvah! (Behrman House)
*Making A Difference (Behrman House)
*Love Peace & Pursue Peace (United Synagogue)
*Jewish Answers to Real-Life Questions (Alef Design Group)

External links

* [ Rabbi Artson's website]
* [ Some of Rabbi Artson's speeches]
* [ Rabbi Artson's podcasts]

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