Dr. Gross-Schaefer teaches ethics, spirituality and other classes as co-chair of the Department of Marketing and Business Law at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
, Dr. Gross-Schaefer has had various irons in the fire. After graduation, he briefly worked for a CPA, practiced as a litigation attorney, ran his brother's congressional campaign and worked for a member of the Israeli Parliament. In 1984, he was ordained as a rabbi after completing his studies at Hebrew Union College.
My goal at a very young age was to make the world a better place. I was about 8 years old and saw John F. Kennedy and saw politicians and politics as the best way to make the world a better place. There were three skills I needed to master: one was money, so therefore accounting; one was law; and one was how to work with people, and that was social work. I did all three of those things. The problem is when I started to practice law, my goal was to make sure I won. When I ran my brother's campaign…again, you started to get where you wanted to win. I started to find myself losing my moral compass. Rabbinic school was a way for me to retool who I wanted to be.
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