Date: Thursday, March 16, 2023 5:45 PM
Location: Temple University, Japan Campus (Access) 1-14-29 Taishido, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, Japan 154-0004


  • Rabbi Andrew Scheer


  • Robert Dujarric, ICAS Co-Director


Rabbi Andrew Scheer, currently the rabbi of the Jewish Community of Japan (JCJ) in Tokyo, served as a chaplain at Rikers Island, New York City's largest jail. The facility holds around 10,000 inmates, with about 100,000 admissions every year. It is one of the largest detention facilities in the United States. He will discuss his experience as a chaplain with the New York City Department of Correction at Rikers Island.

Date & Time:

Thursday, March 16, 2023 17:45


Temple University Japan Campus, Room 313


Registration is not required (e-mail to with any questions or reply to this email).


This event is organized by the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS).

Note: All ICAS events are held in English, open to the public, and admission is free unless otherwise noted.


Rabbi Andrew Scheer


Rabbi Andrew Scheer earned his BA in Jewish History from New York University and ordination from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah.

Between college and seminary, Andrew taught English in the Japanese countryside and Sunday School at the Jewish Community of Japan where he returned to be the rabbi in 2021.

While in seminary, Andrew served in the United States Army Reserve for five years where he was assigned to the United States Military Academy at West Point. Following ordination, Andrew works as a Chaplain on Rikers Island with the New York City Department of Correction and at the VA New York Harbor Healthcare System.

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