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Gillman was born in Quebec City, Canada. He graduated from McGill University in 1954. He was ordained as a rabbi at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 1960. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Columbia University in 1975.
In Conservative Judaism
He is a member of the Conservative movement's rabbinical body, the Rabbinical Assembly, and is a professor of Jewish philosophy at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, in Manhattan, New York City, USA.
Gillman was one of the members of the Conservative movement's commission which produced Emet Ve-Emunah ("Truth and Faith"), the first official statement of beliefs of Conservative Judaism.
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- The Way into Encountering God in Judaism, Jewish Lights, 2000.
- The Death of Death: Resurrection and Immortality in Jewish Thought, Jewish Lights, 1997.
- Conservative Judaism: The New Century, Behrman House, 1993.
- Sacred Fragments: Recovering Theology for the Modern Jew, Jewish Publication Society, 1992.
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