Ira F. Stone, Biography
Ira F. Stone has been Rabbi of Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel in center city Philadelphia since 1988. He is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara in Religious Studies, the University of Judaism and was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1979. Rabbi Stone established the Philadelphia Mussar Institute at BZBI in 2003.
Rabbi Stone’s most recent book is a commentary to Mesillat Yesharim published by Jewish Publication Society in 2013.
He is also the author of Living A Responsible Life, published in 2007 by Aviv Press.
“Seeking the Path to Life” published in 1992 by Jewish Lights Publishing and “Reading Levinas/Reading Talmud” published in 1997 by The Jewish Publication Society.
Rabbi Stone has written articles on theology and rabbinics for various journals including Conservative Judaism, Wellspring Journal, Middlebury College Magazine and Kerem
Ira Stone’s poetry has appeared in various journals and he is the author of two volumes of poetry: “The Really Perfect Poem Has An Infinitely Small Vocabulary” (Mellon Press) and “Sketches For A Book of Psalms (Xlibris.)
Rabbi Stone has served as lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at the Jewish Theological Seminary and serves as a visiting lecturer in Modern Jewish Thought at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. He served as the Daniel Jeremy Silver Fellow at Harvard University for the Spring 2005 semester. He is presently teaching at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA.
Rabbi Stone is married to Annie and they are the parents of Tamar (Alan,) Yoshi (Josi) and Shaul, and the grandparents of Shail, Benjamin, Felix and Ramona