Personal Theology – “Care First, Jail Last,” Rabbi Harry Manhoff
9:30 am - 10:45 am
This year Rabbi Manhoff will speak to us about “Care First, Jail Last,” an Alameda interfaith coalition to take some money from the Sheriff’s jail budget and redirect it to community mental health programs and facilities. Rabbi Manhoff will present the Jewish spiritual view of mental health services versus incarceration.
Rabbi Harry Manhoff earned his AB from Yale in Philosophy of Religion, was ordained at the Hebrew Union College, continued post-doctoral studies at Columbia University in Ancient Semitics and received his PHD from the University of California, Santa Barbara, studying the New Testament and Christian Origins.
Rabbi Manhoff is Rabbi Emeritus at Temple Beth Sholom, San Leandro, and teaches part time at St. Mary’s College. He is an avid New York sports fan, for any team that does not rhyme with “bets,” because betting is immoral. For twenty-five years he collected comic books with his son, who finally took the 25,000 comics books and opened a store in Oakland. They continue reading comics together.
Rabbi Manhoff has been married for 46 years to Barbara, and they shep great nachas from their daughter, two sons, a daughter-in-law, and three granddaughters, (plus a dog, four grand-dogs and two grand-cats).
Last year Rabbi Manhoff advocated and helped build twenty-five tiny houses for homeless youth. The youth empowerment village is opening this month south of the Oakland Coliseum. The Rabbi continues to be politically and socially active and many other ways.
Currently Rabbi Manhoff participates in several study groups at Congregation Beth El, Berkeley, covering Torah, Talmud, and Zohar. Beginning in January 2020 he has joined tens of thousands of people around the world studying the Daf Yomi, one page of Talmud every day. It will take seven and a half years to complete reading every page of the Babylonian Talmud.