Arthur Zuckerman (b. 1953)

Arthur Ira Zuckerman was born in Brooklyn, New York on July 18, 1953, to Max and Sylvia Zuckerman. He grew up in an Orthodox home, and was part of a Zionist youth group called B'nai Akiva. After high school, he moved to Israel, living on a kibbutz before joining the Israeli army to fight in the Yom Kippur War. During this time, he met his wife, Simie, who convinced him to move back to the United States. There he received his rabbinic certification and worked as a Conservative congregational rabbi in San Diego for 13 years. In 2006, they moved to Oregon with the intention of enjoying a quiet retirement from religious service. A short time later he found himself a place as the rabbi at Congregation Shaarie Torah. He helped instigate several big changes at the shul, ultimately guiding the congregation through the transition from an Orthodox shul to a Conservative one. He was also the first rabbi to become a chaplain with the Oregon Police Force.