Rabbi Joseph A. Brodie, vice president emeritus, instructor of Professional Skills and Bible at The Jewish Theological Seminary, has been associated with JTS as a student, teacher, and administrator since 1955 and has a distinguished record of leadership and dedication to JTS students and the larger community.
In 1975, Rabbi Brodie founded JTS's Office of Student Life, which flourished under his direction. Student Life is a Hillel-like office whose functions include counseling students, programming extracurricular student activities, and overseeing the Va'ad Gemilut Hasadim. The Va'ad, a cocurricular community outreach organization founded by Rabbi Brodie in the mid-1980s, is his proudest accomplishment in the realm of student affairs.
Rabbi Brodie served Camp Ramah as a counselor and teacher for many years. He has also alternated between teaching Bible and the first-year seminar at The Rabbinical School for almost forty years. He has lectured on biblical themes in communities around the country, as well as for the JTS Lehrhaus program, Women's League for Conservative Judaism, and the United Synagogue. He has been an active member of the Rabbinical Assembly, having served on the Administrative Committee, the Executive Council, and the Nominating Committee. He still serves as a JTS representative on the Joint Placement Commission, as he has since 1969.
Outside commitments have included serving for more than a decade on the New York Hillel Board, the Reece School, the Jewish Conciliation Board of America, and the Task Force on Missionaries and Cults of the JCRC. He currently is a member of the Morningside Retirement and Health Services Board of Morningside Gardens and the board of the co-op in which he lives.
A native of New Britain, Connecticut, Rabbi Brodie graduated from the Joint Program of the School of General Studies of Columbia University and the Teachers Institute of JTS in 1961. He received his master's degree, rabbinic ordination, and an honorary doctorate from JTS.
Rabbi Brodie is married to Erica S. Goldman-Brodie, a graduate of Stern College for Women, who taught in New Jersey for more than thirty years. The Brodies are proud of their children: Rachel, a prominent Jewish educator; and Hayim Daniel, an attending physician at Columbia-Presbyterian specializing in pulmonary medicine and critical care. The Brodies are also the doting grandparents of Sophia Judith, and Ariella, students at Oakland Hebrew Day School, whose father, Adam Weisberg, is the Hillel director at U.C. Berkeley.