Holocaust Survivors' Network

Rabbi Emeritus Laszlo Berkowits didn't ask "Where was God?" after his time in the German death camps. The Falls Church Rabbi thinks a more useful question to ask about the Holocaust is "Where was man?"



RABBI LASZLO BERKOWITS is Rabbi Emeritus at Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church, Virginia, USA, where he served from his ordination in 1963 until his retirement as Senior Rabbi in July 1998. A native of Hungary, Rabbi Berkowits earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Cincinnati; and a Bachelor of Hebrew Letters degree, a Master of Hebrew Letters degree, and a Doctor of Divinity degree at the Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati, Ohio, Throughout his distinguished career in Falls Church, Rabbi Berkowits has focused his attention on religious, civic and humanitarian concerns. He is a member of the Virginia Advisory Committee to the US Commission on Civil Rights and serves on the DC Chapter of the American Jewish Committee. Rabbi Berkowits is a former member of the Executive Board of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and past president of the Mid-Atlantic Region of that organization. For 1995-96, he served as president of the McLean Clergy. He is a member of the board of the World Union for Progressive Judaism and a founding member of the Fairfax County Community Action Project and of the Board of the McLean Choral Arts Society. Rabbi Berkowits has served on the Board of the Health and Welfare Council of Falls Church and of Hospice of Northern Virginia and is a former member of the Superintendent's Community Advisory Council, Fairfax County School System. From 1965 to 1972, Rabbi Berkowits was Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at American University.