Pro­duc­ing con­tent on the Web since 1995.


some say­ings of ר‘משבצונה“ל

For many years I have worked hard, and strug­gled with mas­ter­ing virtuous. Now, in addi­tion, I’m work­ing on becom­ing more virtual.
This is an expres­sion of that effort.
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השיבנו ה‘ אליך ונשובה חדש ימינו
כעוד לא היו
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ומביא גאלה…
לצאצאיהם

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All pho­tographs are by Mark Hurvitz unless they are obvi­ously not (or credit oth­er­wise is given).

The pho­tos in the ban­ner at the top (only a shal­low sliver of a much larger photo) are either from our home or our trav­els and are offered for their beauty alone (though a brain-teaser for me: “Where was that?”).

Who [is Mark Hurvitz?]

Mark Samuel Hurvitz

I was born in Spring­field, MA but grew up in Los Ange­les, CA. I have had an extremely var­ied involve­ment in Jew­ish life. I attended a Workman’s Cir­cle Sun­day School for a cou­ple of years but became a Bar Mitz­vah and was con­firmed at a Con­ser­v­a­tive syn­a­gogue. As a teenager I was involved in AZA, Habonim and Young Judaea, the last of which I had the oppor­tu­nity to travel to and study in Israel with for a year fol­low­ing high school grad­u­a­tion in 1964.

After return­ing from Israel, I received a Bach­e­lor of Arts degree in music, with a focus on the recorder, from Cal­i­for­nia State Col­lege at Los Ange­les in 1972. My com­po­si­tion “Feb­ru­ary, 1969″ [Feb­ru­ary 1969 (per­for­mance ver­sion of May 22–23, 1969): Ten refrig­er­a­tors that cycle at least twice an hour are plugged in and arranged around a pedes­trian path­way in two fac­ing semi­cir­cles of five each with the uncov­ered motors fac­ing the cen­ter. Within the semi­cir­cles, the refrig­er­a­tors must be nearly touch­ing each other.] was per­formed at the Cal State LA Envi­ron­men­tal Events Fine Arts Fes­ti­val and my com­po­si­tion “ShRQ” for unac­com­pa­nied alto recorder was pub­lished in “Tree” mag­a­zine, a jour­nal devoted to Jew­ish mys­ti­cism. Dur­ing the early 1970’s I played recorder with “The Fair­fax Five” a group of young Jew­ish activists who per­formed at var­i­ous street fairs in the Jew­ish com­mu­nity. In addi­tion to these, brother and I had a weekly radio pro­gram on lis­tener sup­ported Paci­fica radio sta­tion KPFK called “Catch­ing Up”. Dur­ing one of these evenings we per­formed (with the lis­ten­ing audi­ence) my com­po­si­tion Decem­ber 1968

Dur­ing that period I became a leader in Hashomer Hatzair, and after the June 1967 war in Israel, I became involved in the Jew­ish stu­dent move­ment of the period. My great­est involve­ment was my par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Jew­ish Rad­i­cal Com­mu­nity which held weekly Shab­bat cel­e­bra­tions and which attempted to raise the con­scious­ness of the Jews of Los Ange­les regard­ing such issues as the Viet­nam War and the farm work­ers’ strike as well as Jew­ish edu­ca­tion and the cru­cial role of the Pales­tin­ian peo­ple in a peace set­tle­ment for Israel. I was hired as part of the exper­i­men­tal ombuds­man staff of the Youth Depart­ment of the Jew­ish Federation-Council of Greater Los Ange­les to help develop bet­ter rela­tions between Jew­ish youth and the “estab­lish­ment.” On the edi­to­r­ial board at its incep­tion (1970), I became the sec­ond edi­tor of DAVKA, a mag­a­zine pub­lished by and for Jew­ish youth in the Los Ange­les area. I served in that capac­ity until com­plet­ing my BA in 1973.

I entered Hebrew Union College-Jewish Insti­tute of Reli­gion in 1973 and was in Israel on the first year of the rab­binic pro­gram dur­ing the Yom Kip­pur War. After study­ing for two years in Los Ange­les, I was ordained from the Cincin­nati cam­pus in June of 1978. My rab­binic the­sis dealt with a study of early Hebrew print­ing as depicted in the responsa, codes and the ear­li­est haskamot (rab­binic approbations).

For two years I worked with the Lead­er­ship Devel­op­ment Divi­sion of the UJA-Federation Cam­paign of New York where I served both as a Staff Asso­ciate in charge of edu­ca­tional and com­mu­nity action pro­gram­ming and as Direc­tor. From 1980 through 1982, I was a rabbi at Tem­ple B’nai Abra­ham of Liv­ingston, New Jer­sey. I was the Assis­tant Direc­tor of SHAMOR of the National Jew­ish Resource Cen­ter, respon­si­ble for devel­op­ing and pre­sent­ing courses on Jew­ish val­ues for UJA-Federation lead­er­ship and Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of CHEVRA, a national group of Con­ser­v­a­tive, Ortho­dox, Recon­struc­tion­ist and Reform rab­bis and aca­d­e­mics study­ing together to work toward a com­mon agen­dum. I was also the rab­binic facil­i­ta­tor of Chavu­rah Beth Chai of Mahopac, New York.

I was the rabbi of the New York Soci­ety for the Deaf and the Hebrew Asso­ci­a­tion for the Deaf. In that capac­ity I lead ser­vices in Amer­i­can Sign Lan­guage and orga­nized a youth, as well as a young adults group, to reach out to the many young deaf Jews who have no con­tact with the Deaf Jew­ish Com­mu­nity. I was also the edi­tor of “Zeroa Netuyah” a national newslet­ter (now defunct) for pro­fes­sion­als deal­ing with issues of being Jew­ish and deaf.

Before mov­ing to the San Diego area, I was the rabbi of B’nai Keshet, the Mont­clair Jew­ish Cen­ter, a Recon­struc­tion­ist con­gre­ga­tion in sub­ur­ban New Jersey.

I am inter­ested in a wide vari­ety of sub­jects. I have a Mas­ters degree in Library Sci­ence from Rut­gers Uni­ver­sity in New Jer­sey. Par­tic­u­larly inter­ested in the unique­ness of con­tem­po­rary Amer­i­can Jew­ish life, I also pur­sued advanced stud­ies in Con­tem­po­rary Amer­i­can Jew­ish pop­u­lar cul­ture. I have pub­lished a num­ber of arti­cles deal­ing with var­i­ous aspects of our com­mu­nity and col­lect arti­facts and ephemera that depict the val­ues and the accep­tance of Jew­ish life in Amer­ica. My col­lec­tion of Judaic lapel but­tons has been dis­played in syn­a­gogues, Jew­ish Com­mu­nity Cen­ters and Libraries around the coun­try, and selec­tions of it have on dis­play at the HUC Skir­ball Museum in Los Ange­les and in an exhibit on Jew­ish Humor at the Sper­tus Museum in Chicago.

For all the years we lived in San Diego, I was the part time rabbi of Con­gre­ga­tion Etz Chaim of Ramona and remain asso­ci­ated with this won­der­ful group of people.

I am Vice Pres­i­dent for Com­mu­ni­ca­tions of Nisus Soft­ware Inc. a soft­ware pub­lish­ing com­pany which makes Nisus Writer Pro and Nisus Writer Express (pro­nounced “Nice us” a good Eng­lish word that means an endeavor, or effort), easy to use and pow­er­ful award win­ning word pro­cess­ing pro­grams (Joe Kissell’s lat­est review) and a vari­ety of other use­ful tools.

I have taught the Intro­duc­tion to Judaism class of the UAHC (now URJ) at least once a year for nearly twenty years in New York, New Jer­sey and San Diego. I enjoyed teach­ing the class not only because of the joy I receive in expe­ri­enc­ing someone’s first adult response to Judaism, but also because the vari­ety of approaches I per­ceive enrich my own aware­ness of the beau­ties and excite­ment of Jew­ish life.

I live in New York City. I am mar­ried to Deb­o­rah R. Prinz, Rabbi Emerita of Tem­ple Adat Shalom in Poway, Cal­i­for­nia, now the Direc­tor of Pro­gram and Mem­ber Ser­vices of the Cen­tral Con­fer­ence of Amer­i­can Rab­bis. We have two chil­dren, Avi­gail and Noam who now live in Brook­lyn, NY. My mother Faye Hurvitz died in July of 2005; I have a sis­ter who retired from 30 years as a social worker for the Jew­ish Board of Fam­ily and Children’s Ser­vices in New York, and a brother in Israel who lives with his fam­ily on kib­butz Hat­zor and who is lucky enough to be able to merge work with play through earn­ing a liv­ing spe­cial­iz­ing in the uses of the inter­net in the edu­ca­tional process.


Hurvitz || Prinz || Avrunin

Ego Surf­ing
(Wherein I look for peo­ple with my name on the WWW.)

Rab­bis With Web Sites

What would it be like if I took a(n almost) daily pic­ture?

© Mark Hurvitz
Last mod­i­fied Mon­day; June 13, 2011