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I’m Rabbi Glenn, and I lead Beit Simcha, a Messianic Jewish congregation in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

If you had told me in my 20s that I’d become a Rabbi one day, I would have laughed. I was raised a liberal Reform Jew with little interest in my Jewishness or the Scriptures — until a supernatural experience started me on a quest for answers.

I’m trained in the fields of literary studies, cognitive and computer science, historical theology, and Biblical criticism. After completing a B.A. and M.A. in English literature (Penn State, University of Michigan), I went on to earn an M.S. in Computer Science and Ph.D. in Cognitive Science (University of Wisconson-Madison). I was ordained as Rabbi from the International Association of Messianic Congregations and Synagogues.

In 1984, I began an academic career as Professor in the Department of Cognitive Science at Lehigh University, where I taught courses on multimedia design and development, and software engineering, and worked with graduate students to develop intelligent tutoring systems. In 2004, I published The Universal Computer: Introducing Computer Science with Multimedia (McGraw-Hill / Primis).

I retired as Professor Emeritus in 2011 to serve full-time as Rabbi of Beit Simcha, a growing Messianic Jewish congregation I co-founded with my wife Pamela in 1992. Since that time, I have also served as Literary Editor for the Tree of Life Bible, and presently as Conference Chair of Tikkun America Executive Team.