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Joel B. Wolowelsky

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Joel B. (Blumenthal) Wolowelsky (b. 1946) is a Modern Orthodox rabbi, professor, and author. He is the dean of faculty at the Yeshiva of Flatbush high school,[1] where he teaches Ethics and mathematics. He has written extensively on topics pertaining to the role of women in Judaism and Jewish medical ethics. He is the Associate Editor of Tradition, the Journal of Jewish Thought, and The Young One, published by the Rabbinical Council of America, the Tora u-Madda Journal published by Yeshiva University, and MeOtzer HoRav: Selected Writings of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik.[2]

Education and career[edit]

Wolowelsky earned his Bachelor of Science degree at Yeshiva University in 1969[3] and his doctorate in philosophy at New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development in 1979.[4]

He served as chairman of advanced placement studies at Yeshiva of Flatbush.[5]

Wolowelsky is on the advisory boards of the Lookstein Center for Jewish Education at Bar-Ilan University, the Boston Initiative for Excellence in Jewish Day Schools, and the Pardes Educators Program in Jerusalem.[6]


  • Yeshiva University Lifetime Achievement Award in Jewish Education (2010)[7]

Selected bibliography[edit]


MeOtzer HoRav series[edit]


  1. ^ "YOF Community – Administration". The Yeshiva of Flatbush. 2012. Retrieved 16 May 2012.
  2. ^ "Life's Door Board". Life’s Door. 2012. Retrieved 16 May 2012.
  3. ^ YU Today, 15 (1), Yeshiva University, Winter 2011, p. 6
  4. ^ "Steinhardt Alumni Authors". 2012. Retrieved 16 May 2012.
  5. ^ Selya, Rena. "Torah and Madda? Evolution in the Jewish Educational Concept" in Jewish Tradition and the Challenge of Darwinism, G. N. Cantor and Marc Swetlitz, eds., University of Chicago Press, 2006, ISBN 0226092771.
  6. ^ The Flatbush Flash (PDF), 4 (1), The Yeshiva of Flatbush, 28 October 2010, p. 4, retrieved 22 May 2012
  7. ^ "Oct. 20 Dinner Honors Leaders and Educators in Jewish Community". Yeshiva University. 13 September 2010. Retrieved 22 May 2012.