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Previous Publishers of The American Rabbi:
- Rabbi Harry Essrig z”l
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About "The American Rabbi"
Well before computers or the internet, The American Rabbi published its first issue back in 1961 under the leadership of Rabbi Harry Essrig z"l. It started out simply as a mimeographed homiletic service shared between colleagues, and eventually made its way into a booklet form known as Pastoral Services. Then in 1993 David Epstein began publishing The American Rabbi as a journal under the Isaac Nathan Publishing Co, and added a web-based service a few years afterwards.
Rabbi Mark Zimmerman is the current publisher of The American Rabbi. He has served as the rabbi of Congregation Beth Shalom in Atlanta for over 25 years. Before being ordained in 1988 at the Jewish Theological Seminary, Mark also studied computer science at the University of Florida. This background, coupled with a desire to help Jews become more proficient with the Hebrew liturgy led him to produce two websites, SiddurAudio.com and HaftarahAudio.com which both continue to be widely-used Jewish internet resources until this day. Rabbi Mark is proud to continue in the work passed onto him by David Epstein to help keep the vision of "The American Rabbi" alive for the next generation of today's rabbis.
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