Rabbi Arnold Mark Belzer is the Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Mickve Israel in Savannah, Georgia. He studied at Hunter College and Iona College, where he received his B.A. in History. He was ordained rabbi and received B.H.L., M.A.H.L, and D.D. degrees from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. In 1995 Rabbi Belzer brought to Savannah a photo exhibit: The Jews of Kaifeng, China. He is a co-founder of the Mastery Foundation (an international, interfaith organization promoting transformation and reconciliation). A co-founder and now president of the Sino-Judaic Institute, he has traveled extensively in China. In 1985 he conducted the first Jewish worship service in Kaifeng, China, since the 1860s. Rabbi Belzer has lectured widely on the subject of Jews in China as well as studies of other exotic Jewish communities and comparative religion. Rabbi Belzer is committed to interfaith cooperation and understanding. An ardent student of comparative religion and religious syncretism, Rabbi Belzer lectures regularly on a variety of subjects at the Savannah Learning Center and synagogues and churches around the U.S.A.
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