About Our Rabbi

EttinOrdained by Aleph—The Alliance for Jewish Renewal, Rabbi Andrew Vogel Ettin has been the Spiritual Leader of Temple Israel, Salisbury, NC since 1990. He served two one-year terms as interim religious leader of Temple Emanuel, Winston-Salem, NC (a Reform congregation) and has been the Jewish chaplain at Wake Forest University and formerly at the Blumenthal Home for the Aged, as well as visiting religious services leader for Congregation Emanuel, Statesville, NC. He is experienced in leading Reform, Renewal and traditional services.
A former regional Board member of the Union for Reform Judaism and former board member of its national Committee on Interreligious Affairs, Rabbi Ettin participates actively in interfaith and interracial community social and religious programs throughout central North Carolina.

His academic degrees include A.B., Rutgers College (English); M.A. and Ph.D., Washington University, (English); and M.S.J.S., Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies (Religion). In addition, he has earned a certificate in Clinical Pastoral Education from Wake Forest University Baptist Hospital, where he has been a guest lecturer and preacher. 

Dr. Ettin is currently Adjunct Professor at W.F.U. in the Department of the Study of Religions and the School of Divinity, teaching courses in Jewish traditions and texts.  A  Professor Emeritus of English at W.F.U., he has also taught Jewish studies in the Department of English and the M.A.L.S. program, and Shaw University Divinity School. In 2002 he was awarded the university’s Alumni Award for Community Service. 

He is the author of four published books: Literature and the Pastoral; Betrayals of the Body Politic, a study of the South African Jewish writer Nadine Gordimer; and Speaking Silences: Stillness and Voice in Modern Thought and Jewish Tradition.  The Service of Beauty: Finding Artistry and Ethics in Jewish Worship was published in 2009.  A fifth book, The Five Scrolls of Jewish Holidays, is in progress.  He is also the author of “That Troublesome Cousin” in Jesus Through Jewish Eyes) and several articles and reviews in the areas of English literature and Judaism