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Michael Paley is the executive director of Synagogue and Community Affairs at UJA-Federation. A native of Boston, he was a professor of Jewish Studies and dean at Bard College, and the vice president of the Wexner Heritage Foundation. For many years, Paley was the university chaplain and director at Earl Hall at Columbia University, the first rabbi named head of campus ministries in the Ivy League. He also served as Jewish chaplain at Dartmouth College. Paley was a member of the editorial board of Tikkun magazine where he was Jewish book editor. Rabbi Paley is a vice president of CrossCurrents: The Journal for Religion and Intellectual Life.

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