Remembering a Rabbi and Interfaith Pioneer

March 12, 2004

Source: The Boston Globe

On March 12, 2004 The Boston Globe reported, "Dr. David Neiman, a rabbi who proved that interfaith harmony is possible, made history in 1966 at Boston College when he apparently became the first Jewish theology professor at a Catholic university in the United States. An archeologist as well as a scholar in the fields of Bible studies, Jewish history, and the relationship between the Church and the Jews, Dr. Neiman organized the Institute of Biblical Archeology at BC and conducted 10 archeological expeditions to Israel during his 25 years at the school.He continued to work for interfaith understanding well after his retirement from BC in 1991 and into his last illness. Dr. Neiman, 82, the former rabbi at Temple Beth Zion in Brookline, died of cancer on Feb. 22 in Los Angeles, his home for the last five years. During that time, he made it possible, with the Rev. Donald Colhour, minister of the Wilshire Christian Church in Los Angeles, to have the church also serve as a temple for a combined congregation."