A native of Quebec City, Dr. Neil Gillman graduated from McGill University in 1954, was ordained at JTS in 1960, and received his PhD in Philosophy from Columbia University in 1975. Dr. Gillman is the author of several books and essays, including Sacred Fragments: Recovering Theology for the Modern Jew (winner of the 1991 National Jewish Book Award in Jewish Thought and translated into Spanish and Portuguese); Conservative Judaism: A New Century; The Way Into Encountering God in Judaism; Gabriel Marcel on Religious Knowledge; The Death of Death: Resurrection and Immortality in Jewish Thought (translated into Czech); and The Jewish Approach to God: A Brief Introduction for Christians; and Traces of God: Seeing God in Torah, History, and Everyday Life. One of Dr. Gillman's essays, an excursus on eschatology, appeared in Etz Hayim: Torah and Commentary (ed. David Lieber, 2001). His most recent book is Doing Jewish Theology: God, Torah, and Israel in Modern Judaism.
In addition to having been a regular contributor to the "Sabbath Week" column in the Jewish Week, Dr. Gillman is also a member of Sh'ma Advisory Committee and served on the Commission on the Philosophy of Conservative Judaism, which produced Emet Ve'Emunah, the first statement of principles for Conservative Judaism. Dr. Gillman also serves as a Faculty Fellow at The Skirball Center for Adult Jewish Learning at Congregation Emanu-El in New York City.
A popular speaker and teacher, Dr. Gillman has served as scholar-in-residence in many Conservative and Reform congregations. In the summer of 2002, Dr. Gillman taught two courses on the philosophies of Mordecai Kaplan and Abraham Joshua Heschel at the Russian State University of the Humanities in Moscow on behalf of JTS's Project Judaica. Dr. Gillman is the Aaron Rabinowitz and Simon H. Rifkind Professor of Jewish Philosophy at JTS.
As of July 2009, Dr. Gillman is Professor Emeritus of Jewish Philosophy at JTS. Dr. Gillman was honored by Conservative Judaism magazine, who dedicated their Fall / Winter 2008–2009 issue to him in honor of his retirement.