Rabbi James A. Gibson, Senior Rabbi
Our Senior Rabbi, James A. Gibson has led our congregation since 1988. For more than two decades he has ignited the spirit of our unique Family of Families through his joyful spirituality, his learned teaching and his passionate commitment to social justice in the Jewish community and beyond.
Rabbi Gibson chairs the Jewish Unity Project for the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and co-convenes the Priest-Rabbi Dialogue sponsored by the Diocese of Pittsburgh. He sits on many community boards and serves as co-chair of the Jewish-Christian Dialogue on behalf of the Pittsburgh Area Jewish Committee. He is adjunct faculty at Chatham University and also teaches Catholic high school students through their C-JEEP (Catholic-Jewish Educational Enrichment) program.
Nationally, Rabbi Gibson serves on the Rabbinic Cabinet of the United Jewish Communities as well as on the Commission on Outreach and Membership of the Union for Reform Judaism.
Rabbi Gibson is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in History with distinction. Ordained by Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion, he studied in both Jerusalem and Cincinnati. He holds a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters and an honorary Doctorate of Divinity as well. In 2010, he completed the prestigious 3-year Rabbinic Leadership Initiative of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem and is presently a Rabbinic Fellow in the Institute for Jewish Spirituality.