Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel
8339 Old York Road
Elkins Park, PA 19027
Lindsay Cameron,, 215-887-8700


On May fifth and sixth, Rabbi Lance J. Sussman, Ph.D., Senior Rabbi of Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park, Pa., was invited with seven other highly-credentialed speakers from prestigious universities to The U.S. Capitol Historical Society’s Spring Symposium, Congress and a Nation of Immigrants, 1790-1990: From the First Naturalization Act to the Simpson-Mazzoli Act in Washington, D.C.

Rabbi Sussman, an Adjunct Professor of American Jewish History at Gratz College, and a member of the college’s Board of Governance, was the only clergy member invited and was chosen for his expansive knowledge of immigration and the American Jewish experience. Rabbi Sussman presented, “Reopening the Golden Door: Congressman Emanuel Celler’s 40 Year Struggle for Immigration Reform, 1924-1965,” which discussed Representative Emanuel Celler, D-NY, and his historical efforts on immigration reform.

While in D.C., Rabbi Sussman also met with Director Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner and staff of the Religious Action Center, and the Social Action office of Union for Reform Judaism to provide historical background on Representative Celler and how his 1965 Act helped shape current American immigration policy.

Lance J. Sussman, Ph.D., is the author of numerous books and articles including Isaac Leeser and the Making of American Judaism and Sharing Sacred Moments, a collection of his sermons. An editor of Reform Judaism in America: A Biographical Dictionary and Source Book, Sussman is a member of the Academic Advisory and Editorial Board of the American Jewish Archives (Cincinnati) and past chair of the Judaic Studies Department at Binghamton University SUNY. He is a member of the Executive Council of the Philadelphia Board of Rabbis, and is the founding president of the Cheltenham Area Multifaith Council.


July 6, 2017

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