Rossel is the author of The Essential Jewish Stories
and more than thirty other books, including
The Storybook Haggadah,
The Torah: Portion-by-Portion,
Bible Dreams: The
Spiritual Quest, A Child’s Bible,
When a Jew Prays,
When a Jew Seeks Wisdom,
A Thousand and One Chickens, and
Managing the Jewish Classroom.
In addition, he has edited some 300 books, having
worked with many distinguished Jewish authors of our times.
Seymour is the Founding Director of Pathways Foundation,
advocacy program for Jewish teens and Jewish dreams. He currently directs the
foundation's efforts and lectures on Bible and Jewish subjects at
the Women's Institute of Houston.
Seymour recently served as Rabbi of Congregation Jewish
Community North in Spring (a suburb of Houston), Texas. During his many years
in New York, he served the
American Reform movement (URJ) in a number of national positions: as Director
of URJ Press, Director of the
Department of Education, Director of the Commission on Reform Jewish
Education, and Dean of the School of Education of Hebrew Union College-Jewish
Institute of Religion, NY. He also sat on national boards for the Coalition
for the Advancement of Jewish Education (CAJE), the Jewish Book Council, and
the National Association of Temple Educators. He was Headmaster of Solomon
Schechter Academy of Dallas, TX; President of Rossel Books; Executive Vice
President of Behrman House; and Director of Education for Temple Shalom of
Dallas, TX, and Temple Beth El of Chappaqua, NY. Seymour also served in
voluntary capacity as Chairperson for two international Jewish education
conferences both convened at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
As speaker, author, and editor, Seymour is listed in Who's
Who in the Eastern States, Contemporary Authors, The International
Authors and Writers Who's Who, as well as Who's Who in World Jewry.
He holds the Bonei HaNegev award for excellence in Jewish Education and
served as an ex-officio member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis.
Seymour lectures widely on Jewish stories & legends, Bible, archaeology, mysticism, Kabbalah, spirituality, Jewish history, education, dreams, and values; and
scholar-in-residence; teacher, board, and congregational workshops; and
retreats in communities throughout North America.