Rabbi Berman was ordained at Yeshiva University, from which he also received his B.A. and his M.H.L. He completed a degree in law, a J.D., at New York University, and an M.A. in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied with David Daube. He spent two years studying mishpat ivri in Israel at Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at Tel Aviv University.
Berman was the rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel (Berkeley, California) from 1963 to 1969, of Young Israel of Brookline from 1969 to 1971, and senior rabbi of Lincoln Square Synagogue in Manhattan, New York from 1984 to 1990.
He is married to Shellee Berman, they have four children and eight grandchildren, (Shama and Rachel Berman + Shoshana, Adira, Ephraim and Adiv) (Efrath and Gal Levy + Natalie, Gabriel and Abigail) (Akiva) (Esther Golda and Rafi Lefkowitz + Ava Rose)
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