Lewis E. Bogage Named University Rabbi and Director of Jewish Life

Lewis E. Bogage Named University Rabbi and Director of Jewish Life

August 4, 1998

August 4, 1998, Greencastle, Ind. - Rabbi Lewis E. Bogage, the spiritual leader of the Beth Israel Temple in Hazleton, Pa., for five years, has been named the university rabbi and director of Jewish Life at DePauw University. Through his office in the Religious Life Center, Rabbi Bogage will develop Jewish religious programming, coordinate Jewish cultural activities with the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and assist the Admission Office in recruiting Jewish students. He also will administer the university's Judaic Fellows Program, an honors program for Jewish students who demonstrate leadership potential and who actively work to support Jewish life and culture on campus.

Rabbi Bogage succeeds Rabbi Joseph H. Levine, DePauw's director of Jewish study and life, who died in 1997.

"I am excited that Rabbi Bogage will lead the university's efforts to further strengthen Jewish life and programming on campus," Dean of the Chapel O. Wesley Allen said. "With his broad experience and dynamic personality, I am confident he will help DePauw continue to grow in its diversity of educational experience and religious programming." 

Prior to serving as rabbi at Hazleton, Pa., Bogage was a rabbinical coordinator and media specialist with the Jewish Media Relations Council in Tarpon Springs, Fla.; rabbi at Temple Shalom of Charlotte County, Port Charlotte, Fla.; rabbi for the Houston Congregation for Reform Judaism, Houston; 100202regional rabbi for the Union of American Hebrew Congregations in Philadelphia and Miami; rabbi for Temple Micah, Denver; and associate rabbi for the Central Synagogue of New York City.

Bogage has been active in the Central Conference of American Rabbis, World Union for Progressive Judaism and Americans for Progressive Israel. He held leadership roles with numerous community organizations in Hazleton.

He has written for national publications, and he lectures frequently around the country. Bogage's special interests include Jewish religious education, Biblical archaeology, theology and interpersonal communication.

Bogage received Doctor of Divinity and Master of Arts degrees from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy at Clark University.

Bogage and his wife, Susan B. Parsons, have seven children, including three at home. Their children at home are Elizabeth, Daniel and Alexander Nemchonok.