Rabbi Wayne Allen, Ph.D.

After being graduated from New York University with a B.A. in philosophy and Phi Beta Kappa, Rabbi Allen attended the Jewish Theological Seminary of America where he earned a Masters degree in Rabbinics and went on to receive rabbinic ordination. He has served as a congregational rabbi for almost 34 years, taking on postings in New York City, Los Angeles, and Toronto. An honorary Doctor of Divinity was conferred upon him for his years of dedicated service by the Jewish Theological Seminary. Rabbi Allen was awarded a Masters degree in Philosophy from York University in Toronto where went on to earn his Ph.D.

He has taught Jews and non-Jews of all ages in formal and informal settings. Along with Harvey Haber he wrote Giving Thanks: Graces for All Occasions. But his primary interest has been Jewish Law. As the author of Perspectives on Jewish Law and Contemporary Issues and Further Perspectives on Jewish Law and Contemporary Issues as well as editor of the first two volumes of Tomeikh keHalakhah, the responsa collection of the Union for Traditional Judaism, Rabbi Allen is recognized as an authority on the application of Jewish legal principles in a modern context. He is a frequent panelist for Jewish Values On-line and has appeared on radio and television.