A Study of Source Materials on Agricultural Crop Plants and Horticultural Practices in Ancient Israel
A wide range of knowledge and experience in horticulture, Hebrew and Aramaic texts, and archaeology make a unique and effective combination.
Basic Education and Work Experience
| 1950 || Born New Brunswick, New Jersey |
| 1968 || Graduate Highland Park High School |
| 1972 || BSc Cornell University - Agriculture with a concentration in Communication Arts. Agriculture was mainly ornamental horticulture, including soils, plant pathology, plants and man, rural sociology, etc. Also coursework in archaeology (in the Dept of History of Art and in the Classics Dept). Focus was on Old World civilizations of the eastern Mediterranean, primarily Pre-Classical such as Minoan, Mycenaean, Egyptian, etc. |
|1973-1979 || Steven's Nursery, North Hollywood, California - head of Landscape Department|
|1976 || UCLA additional courses including:
Natural History of Desert Plants, and
Herbs and Spices|
|1977 || California Certified Nurseryman |
| 1980-1981|| Granada Plaza Pharmacy, Granada Hills, California - includes independent study in Medicinal Plants and Pharmacognocy (plant sources of medicines) with a focus on 19th and early 20th century pharmacology.|
|1981-2005|| Aish HaTorah College of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem|
|1985|| 3 Rabbinic Ordinations including from Rabbi Kulitz OBM who was Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem|
|1984-2005|| Instructor Aish HaTorah College of Jewish Studies|
Includes courses in Biblical Studies, Mishnah, and Talmud. One of the current courses being taught is Agricultural Life in Jewish Practice. This specifically uses ancient texts and explores how situations from 2000 years ago can be applied today.
- Extensive independent specialty work with desert plants.
- Member California Cactus and Succulent Society.
- 1977-79 Work as assistant to Kathryn Mangold (Brentwood, California) with her extensive private collection of desert plants. This may have been the largest assembly of Lithops species (Living Rocks) in the United States. Many of the unique specimens were grown from seed collected in the Karoo Deserts of South Africa and Namibia.
- Compiled and maintained a checklist of landscape plants for the California's Medium and High Desert.
- Extensive work experience with landscape design and installation in the high desert including a motel complex in Yucca Valley, California and a number of private residences Joshua Tree, California.
- Kept as a hobby a personal collection of cacti and succulents for many years, including many rare and unusual specimens. Includes independent research on the uses of the plants by native peoples. Many American species were observed during frequent field trips.