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Richard A. Zionts, Ph.D

Rabbi Richard Zionts has resided in the Desert for two decades.
The Founding and Presiding Rabbi of Har-El, Member, Union for Reform Judaism, says that these two decades have been the most rewarding years of his professional career.
Dedicated to promoting lifelong Jewish learning, he has served on faculties of higher education with eight years at Penn State University and Cal Poly, Pomona for thirteen years. He begins his twentieth year at College of the Desert.
Rabbi Zionts graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Pittsburgh and received his rabbinic ordination with a Master’s Degree in Hebrew Letters from the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, OH where he also received the degree of Doctor of Divinity.
Rabbi Zionts holds a Ph.D. from Penn State University in the History and Philosophy of Late Antiquity with minors in Religious and Middle East Studies.
Married to Lynda, between them they have four children and nine grandchildren