Rabbi Gerald L. Zelizer is a fourth generation rabbi, born in Columbus, Ohio (1938). After earning his B.A., Rabbi Zelizer was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 1964 where he also received a Masters in Hebrew Literature.
He then served from 1964-1966 as associate rabbi of Congregation Beth El in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and then Rabbi at Temple Israel, Union, New Jersey. Since he arrived at Neve Shalom, Metuchen, NJ in 1970, his Adult Education classes, participatory services, and relationship to the youth have been commended for their excellence and received regional and national recognition. The USY chapter has received consistent awards for excellence and produced both regional and national presidents and officers. As a youth, from 1954-56 he served as International President of USY. From 1992 to 1994 Rabbi Zelizer served as President of the International Rabbinical Assembly. He is the only rabbi to have served in both presidencies. From 1994-1999 he served on the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards, which formulates religious policy for the Conservative Movement. For five years, he taught senior homiletics in the Rabbinical School of the Jewish Theological Seminary. Rabbi Zelizer is emeritus of Congregation Neve Shalom. He currently writes widely in regional and national newspapers and magazines on religion and popular culture, and also teaches adult classes in various synagogues in the New York Metropolitan area.