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John Spitzer

Director of the Jewish-Catholic Institute, Wilkof Jewish Studies Project

B.A., Washington University; Bachelor of Hebrew Letters and M.A., Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion; D. Min., Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Walsh University
A Catholic University of Distinction
2020 East Maple Street
North Canton, Ohio44720
United States


Prior to joining the faculty of Walsh, Rabbi Spitzer taught courses in Jewish Studies as an adjunct at Eden Theological Seminary in Kirkwood, Missouri, and as the Jewish Chautauqua Society Lecturer in Judaica at Kent State University and Mount Union College. He also served as a pulpit rabbi for 35 years until his retirement from the congregation in 2008, following which he became founding Director of Walsh's Jewish-Catholic Studies Institute.


Rabbi Spitzer teaches all the Jewish Studies courses at Walsh—both those that explore the formative period of Judaism and Christianity from the vantage point of Jewish civilization, and those that examine the relevance of Jewish values for engaging problems in today's world.


Over the past 30 years, he has been involved in community service as a founding member of the Stark County Hunger Task Force, the Hospice of Stark County, Coming Together Stark County, New Beginnings Housing, the Canton Friendship Center and Payee Program, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton, and the United Way of Canton and Greater Stark County. He is trained in facilitation for Strategic Planning and Family Mediation.

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