Edwin Harris - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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Edwin Harris, Rabbi, Ph.D.

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(314) 223-8035
Visiting Assistant Professor of Pastoral Counseling

HUC-JIR/Los Angeles

Rabbinical Program, Los Angeles
Academic Field: 
Professional Development
Research Interests: 
Integration of Spirituality and Psychotherapy; Jewish Healing; Clergy Ethics

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Rabbi Edwin Harris, Ph.D. is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Pastoral Counseling at HUC-JIR's Skirball Campus in Los Angeles. He recently moved to Los Angeles from St. Louis, Missouri where he was a psychologist in private practice and a rabbi at Central Reform Congregation.  

He was Adjunct Assistant Professor of Social Work at Washington University School of Social Work, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at St. Louis University School of Medicine, and has taught, trained, and supervised mental health professionals for over 35 years.

He currently maintains a private psychotherapy practice, teaches at Temple Isaiah, leads family therapy groups and trains therapists and spiritual counselors at Beit T’Shuvah, and teaches Pastoral Counseling in The ALEPH Rabbinic Program.  He is also Chair of the Ethics Committee for the Alliance for Jewish Renewal. 

Selected Publications and Edited Works

“Working with Forgiveness in Gestalt Therapy,” Gestalt Review, 11, 2, pp. 108-119, 2007

“God, Buber, and the Practice of Gestalt Therapy.”  The Gestalt Journal, 23, 1, pp. 39-62, 2000

Current and Future Courses
Rabbinic Practicum for 3rd Year Students
Public Lecture Topics
Strengthening Our Partnerships: A Jewish View of Intimate Relationships
Am I My Brother's Keeper? Finding Hope and Healing in Relationships with Our Siblings
A Jewish Perspective on Working with Dreams
Finding Forgiveness – Sharing Our Gratitude
Sacred Aging Through a Jewish Lens
Navigating the Siddur: Unlocking the Beauty and Wisdom of Our Prayer Services
Jewish Ethical Wills: Articulating Our Spiritual Legacies