BHC’s visiting rabbi for the High Holy Day season is Rabbi Hillel I. Millgram, born in Philadelphia, PA, and raised in Minneapolis. His major fields of study were history and Bible at Columbia University and at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (JTSA), where he acquired advanced degrees. Millgram’s particular areas of study involved intellectual history (history of the development of ideas) at Columbia University, and Jewish civilization, especially of the Biblical period at JTSA.
Following his ordination as a rabbi at JTSA, he continued to pursue these areas of interest, with additional work in theology and education at Temple University and the University of Michigan.
Millgram has held pulpits in Philadelphia, PA and in Flint, MI, serving also for a time in Canada. After moving to Israel, he served as a superintendent of schools and held wide educational authority for 25 years.
Now retired, Millgram co-authored “A Short History of Jerusalem” and then completed a book about heroines of the Bible in which he “explores the theme of how Biblical women cope with crisis in a world in which God seems to have vanished.” [“Four Biblical Heroines and the Case for Female Authorship: An Analysis of the Women of Ruth, Esther and Genesis 38.” (North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc., 2008)]. Millgram’s latest book, published in January 2010 by the University Press of America, is “The Invention of Monotheist Ethics, Vol. 1 – Exploring the First Book of Samuel.”
Millgram is married to the former Debby Eskolsky, National President of the AACI (Association of Americans & Canadians in Israel). They have three sons and reside in Jerusalem. Millgram continues to teach courses on the Bible.