Religious Diversity

Religious Diversity Expert

Deborah Levine

DEBORAH LEVINE is an award-winning author, blogger with The Huffington Post, and pioneer in cross-cultural communication. She is a former executive with Jewish agencies and the founder of several intercultural and interreligious organizations. Currently headquartered in Tennessee, Deborah has lived, studied, and worked in British Bermuda and in multiple cities in the US: Boston, Chattanooga, Chicago, Cincinnati, New York City, and Tulsa.

EXPERIENCE

Deborah Levine’s involvement in the Jewish community and interreligious affairs began in Bermuda where she was a member of the only Jewish family live on the island for four generations. The daughter of a WW II liberator, Deborah is dedicated to religious diversity, literacy, and community building.

  • Jewish Federation executive: Rockford/Illinois, Tulsa/Oklahoma, Chattanooga/Tennessee
  • Staff & Consultant: American Jewish Committee/Chicago / New York headquarters
  • Coordinator: 1990 National Workshop on Christian-Jewish Relations,
  • Coordinator: Chicago Jewish Oral History Project
  • Consultant: Central Conference of American Rabbis
  • Founder: DuPage Interfaith Resource Network,
  • Founder:  Women’s Council on Diversity/Lean In-Women Ground Breakers.
  • Presentations: American Jewish Committee/Cincinnati women in Faith, Huntsville Unity Interfaith National Conference, Seventh-day Adventist annual convention, National Workshops on Christian Jewish Relations, United Methodist annual convention, Jewish Federation annual meetings and numerous social and civic organizations.

PUBLICATIONS

  • Online: Religion Blogger at The Huffington Post
  • Editor-in-Chief of the American Diversity Report
  • Books: Religious Diversity at Work, The Liberator’s Daughter, Teaching Curious Christians about Judaism, Religious Diversity in our Public Schools, Christian-Jewish Dialogue on Israel, and Inspire Your Inner Global Leader
  • Articles by Deborah: The Harvard Divinity School Bulletin, The Christian Century, The Journal of Ecumenical Studies, and The Bermuda Journal of Maritime Archaeology.
  • Articles about Deborah: The Chicago Tribune, The Tulsa World, Hadassah Magazine, Chattanooga Times Free Press, The Bermuda Royal Gazette, Online Wall Street Journal, Journal of Public Management & Social Policy, and CSPAN BOOK-TV.

EDUCATION

MA: Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, 1995.
MA: Urban Planning & Policy. University of Illinois at Chicago, 1993.
BS: Cultural Anthropology. New York University, 1971. (coursework at Harvard University & Divinity School)
Research Fellowship: Hebrew Union College / American Jewish Archives, 1997.
Research Fellowship: William Andrews Clark Library. UCLA, 1982.

AWARDS & HONORS

• National Catholic Press Association
• TN Economic Task Force on Women
• American Planning Association/Chicago
• TN Advisory Committee of the US Global Leadership Coalition – member
• International Council of Birmingham advisor
• Champion of Diversity Award from diversitybusiness.com

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