William Cutter

Rabbi Dr. William Cutter

Address3101 Clifton Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45220

Steinberg Emeritus Professor of Human Relations, Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion

Ph.D., UCLA, 1971
A.B., Yale University, 1959
Ordained, Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, 1965

William Cutter, Rabbi, Ph.D. (Display directory entry)

Steinberg Emeritus Professor of Human Relations

 William Cutter is Steinberg Emeritus Professor of Human Relations at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, where he held the Paul and Trudy Steinberg Chair in Human Relations, and was Professor of Modern Hebrew Literature and Education. He has taught at HUC-JIR since 1965, and has served in several administrative capacities throughout his academic career including:
Assistant Dean, 1965-1970
Founding Director of the Rhea Hirsch School of Education, 1971-1981
Director of the Louchheim School of Judaic Studies, 1973-1979
Co Director and Co Founder (with Nancy M. Berman) of the Museum Education Program (MUSE) of the Skirball Museum, the precursor to the Skirball Cultural Center of HUC-JIR, 1977-1980)
Founding Director of the Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health, 1999-2007
Dr. Cutter has published over 50 scholarly articles and essays, and over 100 popular articles on literature, health and healing, and Jewish education. He has edited or served on the editorial committee for more than 40 books for the prominent publisher Berhman House Books. His most recent publication is Healing and the Jewish Imagination: Spiritual and Practical Perspectives on Judaism and Health (2/07, Jewish Lights Publishing). A second volume is currently being prepared. He is also editor of the Festschrift: History and Literature, essays in honor of Arnold Band (Scholars Press); and the editor of The Mourner’s Handbook (Behrman House Books). He is academic chairman for the Association of Reform Zionists (ARZA).

He has served on numerous community advisory boards and committees, and has been on the Board of the Central Conference of American Rabbis. Rabbi Cutter is one of the founders of the Academic Coalition for Jewish Bioethics, where he recently served as president. Bill Cutter remains active in several projects in Israel, where he assists in the development of chaplaincy programs, and works on his Hebrew literary publishing projects. He also continues to teach at the College-Institute.

Ordained, HUC-JIR (1965)
Ph.D., UCLA (1971)
AB Yale University (1959)
Achievements and Publications
Published over 150 articles on various subjects, including two edited books, and a variety of scholarly articles on the relationship of literary theory to the development of modern religious consciousness.
Founding Director of the HUC-JIR’s Rhea Hirsch School of Education
Co-founder of the HUC-JIR Skirball Museum education program, with Nancy M. Berman: “MUSE,” a National Endowment for the Arts funded project.
Developed the Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health.
Member of several boards and committees in his community and within the Reform Jewish Movement, including: The Committee on Zionist Thought of the Reform Movement, the Committee for the Siddur of the Reform Movement, and a number of other key commissions.
Editor of text books at Behrman House Books since 1983.
Lecture Topics

Dr. Cutter is known especially as a speaker and teacher on topics ranging from The Rise of Modern Israeli Culture, to Jewish Health and Healing Issues, and including many aspects of Israeli and American Literature. His training model: Therapoetics, has been presented at the Association of Poetry Therapy, the Esalen Institute, and at organizations and synagogues throughout the U.S. and Israel. His work on narrtative approaches to bio-ethics has been published in several journals and books, and he has presented this work at over 20 forums and university classes.

Electronic Publications
On History and Literature: New Readings of Jewish Texts in Honor of Arnold J. Band (with David C. Jacobson, Brown Judaic Studies, 2002), Chronicle Issue 62 (2003) – available in PDF format
“A Century and More: Hebrew Poetry and the Swift Chariot,” Chronicle Issue 59 (2001) – available in PDF format
“O, What Good Times They Had”
In the News
Kalsman Institute seminars for Physicians
HUC-AJULA course for business leaders and rabbinic students: Jewish Tradition and Economic Justice
The Dr. Paul M. and Trudy Steinberg Distinguished Professorship in Human Relations and Counseling Inaugurated
“Dr. William Cutter, Director of the Lee and Irving Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health, and Professor of Education and Modern Hebrew Literature, Named the Inaugural Steinberg Distinguished Professor”
Chronicle, Issue 64 (2004) – available in PDF format

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