Rabbi Harold S. White
Founding Senior Rabbi
We are saddened to say that Rabbi Harold White passed away on August 31st, 2015, at the age of 83. He was instrumental in founding the Program for Jewish Civilization in 2004 and providing its guiding vision.
Rabbi White retired from Georgetown University after serving as Jewish Chaplain for 40 years. Rabbi White was the first rabbi to be appointed to a full-time Campus Ministry position by a Catholic university.
Rabbi White completed his undergraduate degree at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut and received ordination at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. He served as a United States Navy Chaplain at Parris Island, South Carolina and with the 7th Fleet in the Pacific. He has served as a congregational Rabbi at the Dublin Jewish Progressive Congregation in Dublin, Ireland and at Beth Israel Congregation in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Rabbi White served as the B’nai B’rith Hillel Foundation at American University in Washington, DC for nine years prior to his appointment as Jewish Chaplain of Georgetown University. He was also the associate rabbi of Temple Sinai in Washington, DC from 1980-1985.