Rabbi, professor, lecturer, writer.  Born– July 30, 1918, in New York City. Parents– Max and Sadie Leah Schuster Gerber. Married–Sydelle Reba Katzman, January 9, 1943.  Children–three. Education– Yeshiva University, B.A., 1939; City College of New York, M.A., 1940; Boston University, Ph. D., 1950. Ordained as rabbi, 1941. Active duty in the US Army during the Korean Conflict, 1951-52, chaplain in the Army Reserve, 1949-54.  Served as rabbi to congregations in Plymouth, Ma.; Fitchburg, MA; Dothan, Al, and Charlotte, NC, from 1943 to 1972.  Professor of Psychology at Johnson C. Smith University, 1972-2002.  Taught and lectured at Davidson College,  Hood Theological Seminary, Livingston College, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Contributed articles to various periodicals using the pseudonym Ben Mordecai.   Member of many professional and civic organizations including the American Psychological Association, Southeastern Psychology Association, American Academy of Religion, B’nai  Brith, and Rotary International.  Received the Brotherhood Award from the National Conference of Christians and Jews, 1964.  Died October 4, 2011.


Directory of American Scholars, 1978; Contemporary Authors online; Obituary, Atlanta Journal- Constitution, October 6, 2011.


The Heritage Seekers; American Blacks in Search of Jewish Identity. Middle Village, N.Y.; Jonathan David, 1977.

Immortal Rebels; Freedom for the Individual in the Bible. New York; Jonathan David, 1963.

Job on Trial; A Book for Our Time.  Gastonia, NC; E.P. Press, 1982.

Man on a Pendulum; a Case History of an Introvert. New York; American Press, 1955.

A Psychology of the Suffering Mind. New York; Jonathan David, 1951.


Rabbinical Counseling.  Bloch Publishing, 1966.