MORAGA, CA (May 6, 2004) –– Rabbi Harry Manhoff, a lecturer in the religious studies department at Saint Mary's College of California and one of the few congregational rabbis in the country with a doctorate in the New Testament, recently received a Doctorate of Divinity from Hebrew Union College. The honorary degree marks the 25th anniversary of his rabbinical ordination.

Manhoff previously completed a Ph.D. in religious studies with a focus on the New Testament and Christian origins at the University of California at Santa Barbara in 2000.

Manhoff, often seen in his trademark New York Yankees skullcap and "Superman" necktie, will be honored for his latest achievement by his congregation at Temple Beth Sholom in San Leandro during a special service and luncheon on May 15. Manhoff's fascination with the New Testament began more than a decade ago while he was co-teaching an extension class with a Christian minister at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He plans to begin work next year on a book titled "A Modern Rabbi in Search of Historical Jesus."

What: Service and luncheon in honor of Rabbi Harry Manhoff.
When: 10 a.m., May 15, 2004.
Where: 642 Dolores Ave., San Leandro.

For more information on the event, please contact Dolores Evans, Temple Beth Shalom administrator, at (510) 357-8505.

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