Rabbi Bruce has worked at Amherst College as the Jewish Advisor/Hillel Director since July 2002. He graduated from Franklin and Marshall College and received an M.A. in Jewish Studies and rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary. Additionally, he has studied Advanced Jewish Studies at Jerusalem's Pardes Institute, Mahon Schechter , and the Conservative Yeshiva.
He previously worked as Chaplain to the College/Advisor to the Jewish Community at Smith College, as Assistant Director of the Freeman Center for Jewish Life/Campus Rabbi at Duke University, the Jewish Chaplain and Hillel Director at Drew University and at Hofstra University Hillel. He has taught at Heritage Academy in Longmeadow and teaches courses as an adjunct at Western New England University.
Rabbi Bruce spent summers during college and rabbinical school working at nearby Camp Ramah New England and works there year-round supervising Kosher dining. He plays drums and percussion (rock, jazz, and a little klezmer). He enjoys reading historical fiction, mysteries, the New York Times, and a variety of non-fiction topics. His academic interests include applying the Jewish legal tradition to modern issues, the history of Jewish books, and learning and teaching a variety of Jewish texts. Rabbi Bruce lives in Northampton with his wife Deborah and two of his four children (his oldest is attending his alma mater F&M and another child attends the American Hebrew Academy).
See thoughts, articles, and links by Bruce at rabbibruce.blogspot.com (This blog is not current).
Position: Jewish Advisor, Hillel Director
Office Hours: By appointment
Contact Information: Amherst College, Box 2277, Amherst, MA 01002-5000; (413) 542-8270, Bruce Seltzer