Rabbi Ben Hollander, z"l, passed away in Jerusalem on 5 Adar 1, 5768 (February 11, 2008). He was a former HUC-JIR professor.
Rabbi Hollander came to Israel as a youth counselor in the early 1960s and met his first wife, Judy z"l. He studied intensively with the late Prof. Nehama Leibowitz who raised a generation of Israeli Torah teachers, and he later became her teaching assistant. Rabbi Hollander continued his studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem where he received a second Master's degree in Bible and Education.
Rabbi Hollander attended the Jewish Theological Seminary where he received his Rabbinical Ordination in 1968. After making aliya in 1972, Rabbi Hollander shared his knowledge with underprivileged children in the Negev development town of Yerucham and did national service as a teacher in the local high school. He later taught at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Machon Schechter, and various Conservative and Orthodox schools and yeshivas.
During his lifetime, Rabbi Hollander made frequent trips abroad as scholar-in-residence, and taught in several American cities through video-conference for the Siegal College of Jewish Studies.
Rabbi Hollander is survived by his daughter Elana and his sons Elie, Dvir, and Netanel, and many grandchildren.
Rabbi Hollander recently wrote,