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Prof. Lee Bycel

Lee Bycel is the Sinton Visiting Professor in Holocaust, Genocide and Refugee Studies at the University of San Francisco and a Senior Moderator at the Aspen Institute. His book, Refugees in America: Stories of Courage, Resilience and Hope in Their Own Words will be published by Rutgers University Press in September 2019. Appointed by President Obama, he served on the Board of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum from 2014-2019. He has devoted his life to a variety of social justice issues as a teacher, humanitarian and community leader. He is the rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Beth Shalom in Napa Valley. He was Dean of the Hebrew Union College, Jewish Institute of Religion in LA for fifteen years. Lee graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Philosophy, received rabbinic ordination from the Hebrew Union College, and earned a doctorate from the Claremont School of Theology. He has made humanitarian trips to East Africa including Darfur, Chad, and South Sudan where he visited refugee and IDP camps. In addition, he has traveled to Kenya, Haiti and Ethiopia where he helped to address a variety of humanitarian issues related to poverty and disease. He feels a deep sense of responsibility to teach and examine the Holocaust and Genocide in a way that will stimulate people to think about the root causes and reflect on how human beings can make 'Never Again' a reality.