Rabbi Stephen Passamaneck Awarded Highest Chaplain Credential

Monday, September 1, 2008

Rabbi Stephen M. Passamaneck, Ph.D., was honored with the Fellow Credential from the International Conference of Police Chaplains (ICPC) for his tremendous accomplishments and service. 

The Fellow Credential is the highest ICPC award and recognizes marked achievement in chaplaincy. It represents the highest achievements in tenure, education, training, and service to the ICPC. 

This prestigious status was awarded at the International Conference of Police Chaplains' Annual Training Seminar awards banquet on July 10, 2008 in Mobile, Alabama, and was attended by chaplains from many different countries. 

Professor Passamaneck is Professor of Rabbinics at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles, where he has taught Talmud and medieval Jewish legal material. Early in his career he wrote on maritime and insurance law in Jewish sources. Since 1976, when he first affiliated with law enforcement agencies as a chaplain, he has written almost exclusively on law enforcement and administration of justice in Jewish sources. He was trained and sworn as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff and served as a line Reserve for eleven years. He continues to serve as a volunteer law enforcement chaplain with a federal law enforcement agency. He was elected President of the Jewish Law Association and has also been an officer of the International Conference of Police Chaplains. 

The International Conference of Police Chaplains is a training membership organization fielding 2500 chaplains in 20 countries worldwide.


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