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Rabbi M. Bruce Lustig is Washington Hebrew Congregation’s Rabbi Emeritus, after serving for more than 35 years. Rabbi Lustig has long held leadership roles in Jewish and interfaith organizations. At the forefront of interfaith dialogue and understanding both nationally and internationally, Pope Francis and the Grand Imam appointed Rabbi Lustig to serve on The Higher Committee of Human Fraternity, where he is the sole Jewish representative. Rabbi Lustig also serves on the steering committee of the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies. He has served on the Washington, D.C. Mayor’s Faith Advisory Board and as the National Liaison for National Day of Prayer.
A committed social activist, Rabbi Lustig initiated Mitzvah Day at Washington Hebrew Congregation, which has become an international model for social justice programming. Rabbi Lustig is a proactive leader of Washington, D.C.’s interfaith community and organized the nation’s first Abrahamic Summit, bringing together Christians, Jews, and Muslims for dialogue. Newsweek recognized him as one of “America’s most influential rabbis.”
Ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Rabbi Lustig also holds a doctorate of divinity and a master’s degree in Hebrew letters. He earned a bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of Tennessee. He is the father of two children, Marcus and Eve.
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