Peter Rubinstein ’64 on His Path to Becoming a Rabbi

February 27, 2017

“It began in my freshman year. A friend of mine from West Virginia asked me ‘What do you believe? What do Jews believe?’ And I couldn’t answer that question.”

Sometimes a conversation changes everything.

“It began in my freshman year. A friend of mine from West Virginia asked me ‘What do you believe? What do Jews believe?’ And I couldn’t answer that question. It bothered me that I couldn’t. I knew who I was as a Jew but I couldn’t answer that question.” 

Amherst didn’t have a department of Jewish studies, or even a class on Judaism, so Peter Rubinstein ’64 took a theology class with Professor Pemberton instead. And he was hooked. 

It would take several more years, other career interests, and a multitude of classes, but he eventually became Rabbi Rubinstein and recently retired after more than 20 years as senior rabbi at New York City’s Central Synagogue. 

Hear about Rabbi Rubinstein’s remarkable career path and the lessons he learned along with way.


From English Major to Yogurt Maker

November 10, 2016

Amy Klippenstein ’89 and Paul Lacinski ’89 talk about their unusual path to running a successful farm in western Massachusetts.

“I am skeptical of planning.”

Join Amy Klippenstein ’89 and Paul Lacinski ’89 of Sidehill Farm for the inaugural video of Amherst in the Field. Hear about their unusual path to owning Sidehill Farm, a dairy farm producing wildly popular Western Massachusetts yogurt.