Rabbi Douglas Goldhamer, Ph.D., D.D.
Rabbi Douglas Goldhamer was ordained at Hebrew Union College in 1972, and, together with Chicago deaf leaders, he established Congregation Bene Shalom/Hebrew Association of the Deaf in 1972. For the past 39 years, he has been the only full-time rabbi serving a deaf Jewish community in the United States. In 1992, Rabbi Goldhamer founded the Hebrew Seminary of the Deaf, where he currently serves as President and Professor of Jewish Mysticism. Goldhamer has also served as Associate Professor of Philosophy at Gallaudet University, Washington, D. C. He has lectured on philosophy, Jewish mysticism and prayer throughout the United States.
Together with Melinda Stengel, a licensed social worker, Goldhamer wrote This is for Everyone: Universal Principles of Healing Prayer and the Jewish Mystics, published by Larson Publications, in 1999. He is currently working on his second book on Jewish mysticism and Kabbalah, Secrets of Kabbalistic Healing. He periodically writes for the Chicago Jewish News.
Rabbi Goldhamer received his Bachelor of Hebrew Law, Master of Hebrew Letters and Doctor of Divinity degrees from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Sir George Williams University, Montreal. His Ph.D. is in Medieval Philosophy from University of Chicago. He was born in Montreal, Canada, in 1945, and became a citizen of the United States in 2003.
The rabbi began painting about 15 years ago. He focuses on Jewish mystical and Biblical themes. His works have been exhibited at Judy Saslow Gallery and Aron Packer Gallery, Chicago; Joy Moos Gallery, Florida; and at the National Jewish Museum, Washington, D.C., Creighton University Art Gallery, Omaha; Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City, IN and Anshe Emet Synagogue, Chicago.
During 1972-76, Rabbi Goldhamer served as NBC newscaster for the deaf on Chicago’s local Channel 5. In 2007, he was named one of the “Ten Outstanding Jewish Leaders in Chicago,” by the Chicago Jewish News.
Rabbi Goldhamer is a member of the Chicago Board of Rabbis, Chicago Association of Reform Rabbis and the Central Conference of American Rabbis. He is married to Peggy Bagley.