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Richard Backer

Richard L. Backer ’83 was ordained as a rabbi at the Aleph Renewal Jewish Seminary in Broomfield, CO, in January. After 25 years of corporate real estate work for Fidelity Investments, Graham Gund Architects, and Gunwyn Development, he is now a hospital chaplain in the Boston area.


New Direction: Left law to become a rabbi. Tipping Point: “As senior vice president for Fidelity Investments, I was traveling around the world and enjoying my job, but missing time with my family. I had always believed there was a next chapter in which I would do something very different, a career set in a more spiritual and interpersonal setting.” Best Advice Ever Received: “Life may have many chapters, and we can each change the world for the better—each in our own way.” Last Book Read: Radical Judaism.