Ben Kamin

Rabbi Ben Kamin Photo by Beatrice Ring Ben Kamin (born in 1953) is a rabbi, teacher, counselor, and the prize-winning author of twelve books on human values. He is a scholar on Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. He has led congregations in Toronto, New York, Cleveland, and San Diego since his ordination in 1978. He has published over 1000 articles about community life in newspapers around the world, ranging from The New York Times to The International Herald Tribune. He has been quoted in the Ann Landers column and in the Congressional Record. He appears frequently on radio and television and serves on several national boards dealing with community affairs and interfaith relations. He is the father of two adult children and lives in San Diego. Rabbi Kamin holds the degree of Doctor of Divinity from Hebrew Union College.

In 2007, Ben Kamin was elected to the American Society of Journalists and Authors. His memoir, ''Nothing Like Sunshine: A Story in the Aftermath of the MLK Assassination," ''was published in 2010 by Michigan State University Press. A documentary based upon the book is being planned by Enduring Freedom Productions. Kamin resigned from the San Diego Rabbinical Association after creating, in 2004, an independent agency that services interfaith situations called ''Reconciliation: The Synagogue Without Walls.'' Kamin has auditioned on the Broadway stage and was one of 25 finalists for the position of Commissioner of Baseball in 1993.

He spoke at the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis on April 4, 2010, the anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., introducing his memoir, "Nothing Like Sunshine: A Story in the Aftermath of the MLK Assassination." Kamin launched his next book, "ROOM 306: The National Story of the Lorraine Motel," at the National Civil Rights Museum on the occasion of the 44th anniversary of MLK assassination, April 4, 2012. The book won an "IPPY" Prize in Multicultural Nonfiction in 2013.

In 2014, Kamin was commissioned to write the autobiography of Lou Dunst, a survivor of four Nazi death camps and two near-miss gas chamber experiences, and now an inspirational speaker espousing tolerance and unity. The book, "My Bargain With God: The Story of Holocaust Survivor Lou Dunst," was published by Sunbelt in January 2014.

Kamin has taught about MLK and civil rights at colleges around the nation, including the University of California San Diego, Hiram College in Ohio, Roanoke College in Virginia, Point Loma University (Nazarene), and MiraCosta College in Oceanside, Ca. Kamin's tenth book, "DANGEROUS FRIENDSHIP: Stanley Levison, Martin Luther King Jr., and The Kennedy Brothers," is also to be released by Michigan State University Press on April 1, 2014. It will be launched at the Martin Luther King Research and Education Institute, the home of the King Papers, at Stanford University that month. An option for a motion picture based on this book has been purchased and Kamin is co-writing the screenplay with A2 Productions of Los Angeles.

Kamin's newest book, 'I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO BELIEVE: Making Spiritual Peace With Your Religion" was published in February 2016 by Central Recovery Press. It has been cited by Hillel International President and former US Congressman Eric Fingerhut as "inclusive" and "enlightened."

Kamin, along with longtime MLK attorney Clarence B. Jones, addressed the March on Washington Film Festival at the Smithsonian Institution in July 2016 about Kamin's book, 'DANGEROUS FRIENDSHIP,' and the Stanley Levison story. Kamin was invited to speak about the legacy of Dr. King at the Apollo Theater in Harlem for its MLK Day Celebration in January 2017.

Kamin was a presenter at the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel on April 4, 2018—the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at that site.

His newest book, ''THE BLESSING OF SORROW:''Turning Grief Into Healing,'' was published in July 2018 by Central Recovery Press. It was cited by the San Diego Catholic Diocese as "a beautiful reflection on life." '' Provided by Wikipedia
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