Reeve Robert Brenner

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Reeve Robert Brenner (born 1936) is an American Reform rabbi, inventor and author.


Brenner is a native of New York City. Since his ordination at the New York campus of the Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion in 1964, he has been a U.S. Army chaplain in West Germany, senior staff chaplain at the clinical center of The National Institutes of Health(NIH), and served a number of congregations, including Bet Chesed in Maryland. As the first rabbi on faculty, he taught Jewish religious thought and philosophy at St. Vincent College and Seminary in Latrobe, Pa. His first major work, American Jewry and the Rise of Nazism, received the YIVO Jewish Scholarship Prize. His book, The Faith and Doubt of Holocaust Survivors, is the result of nine years of research conducted in Israel among survivors to explore the way the victims, themselves, came to understand the meaning of the Holocaust for Jewish belief and practice. It was a finalist for the 1981 National Jewish Book Awards. Brenner is also the author of The Jewish Riddle Collection: A Yiddle's Riddles, and the books Jewish, Christian, Chewish, and Eschewish: Interfaith Pathways for the New Millennium an outgrowth of his extensive work with interfaith couples, and his defense of the reality of the Exodus entitled While the Skies were Falling.

Inspired by his young cousin, Janice Herman, who uses a wheelchair after an automobile accident, Brenner came up with a new sport called Bankshot while living in Israel in 1981. He wanted to develop a non-exclusionary basketball contest that entire families, including those with disabled members, could play. Sports Illustrated featured him in an article called "The Rabbi of Roundball; Rabbi Creates a new sport". He also serves as foundation president and founder of the National Association for Recreational Equality (NARE) and serves as the commissioner of NABO the National Association of Bankshot Operators.


  • The Faith and the Doubt of Holocaust Survivors
  • The Jewish Riddle Collection: A Yiddle's Riddles
  • American Jewry and the Rise of Nazism
  • Jewish, Christian, Chewish, and Eschewish: Interfaith Pathways for the New Millennium
  • While the Skies were Falling
  • "Extra-Biblical Evidence of the Exodus", Jewish Bible Quarterly, Sept. 2008 (vol. XXXIV; IV)
  • "Nons, Nunyas, Appreciative Inquiry and the Aged", The Journal of Religion, Spirituality and Aging, (vol. 21, 2009)



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