January 28, 2003
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jewish Chaplain to be Formally
Installed at Smith Feb. 9
NORTHAMPTON, Mass.-Rabbi Bruce Bromberg
Seltzer will be installed as a Smith College chaplain and advisor
to the Smith and Amherst College Jewish communities at 2:30 p.m.
on Sunday, Feb. 9, in Helen Hills Hills Chapel.
The public is invited to attend the ceremony, as well as the
reception immediately following at the Alumnae House, 33 Elm
Seltzer began as the college's Jewish chaplain in July and spends
a third of his time as Amherst College's Jewish religious adviser.
One of his priorities is to make Smith a welcoming, inclusive
place for all Jewish students.
"A large goal for me is to unify the Jewish community while
retaining pluralism," he said, comparing his vision to an
orchestra in which a hundred diverse instruments combine to create
Seltzer came to Smith after serving as campus rabbi at Duke University.
He completed his undergraduate studies at Franklin and Marshall
College and received a master's degree in Jewish studies and
his rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary.
He studied Advanced Jewish Studies at Jerusalem's Pardes Institute
and Machon Schechter and has served as Jewish chaplain and Hillel
director at Drew and Hofstra universities.