First Covenant Foundation Directors
Michael Dallen, Director, writer and chief editor, founded First Covenant together with former Baptist Minister Jack E. Saunders and with Rabbi Michael Katz.
Born Jewish, but not religious, from (Jewish) and mostly Lithuanian Orthodox forebears, he became bar mitzvah as a Conservative Jew. After years of atheism, skepticism and agonisticism, he began treating Israel's Ten Commandments and the Jewish People's Torah Covenant from Mt. Sinai completely seriously only after learning of the First Covenant. The First Covenant is the original Biblical covenant with mankind's legendary common ancestors, the Universal Covenant, associated with the rainbow. "I have set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between Me and Earth." (Genesis 9).
Since the two covenants - the Jewish covenant from Sinai and the earlier Universal Covenant - are not the same, despite their One Divine source, since they're designed for different purposes and involve two different, separate sets of laws, he decided that it's good to be a lawyer to explain to people what the two laws are and how they work together. He wrote Rainbow Covenant: Torah and the Seven Universal Laws
MDallen @ 1stcovenant.com
First Covenant Foundation
Detroit, MI 48203-1061
Call: 313- 891-1920
Jack E. Saunders, co-founder, 1948-2019
Rev. Jack Saunders and Michael Dallen first met in Athens, Tennessee on January 15, 1992. They were close ever since. They learned with each other and taught each other and worked closely with each other for 25 years, until his health problems intruded. Jack Saunders was a working Baptist pastor when he started studying Torah. He became a conscious servant of the One and Only God and a devout student of Torah. He was a gifted teacher of black-letter Scripture, of the Torah, Prophets and Writings.
He helped write Rainbow Covenant.
He was known far-and-wide as "the Preacher." He lived and died as a God-loving, God-fearing man of God and a true Noahide scholar. With his loving wife, Joan, he arranged his own burial - in a plain wood casket - to take place the same day he died. He cheerfully anticipated getting all his many questions answered - as he put it, "by Moses himself."
Rabbi Michael Katz, our third founding director, has served
as a rabbinic adviser to Noahides since 1989 (We was CNN's "Guru to the goyim.") Rabbi Katz worked with Michael Dallen and Jack Saunders on Rainbow
Covenant. He has provided First Covenant with rabbinic supervision - including pre-reviewing each issue of Covenant Connection - from the beginning. Rabbi Katz
began his professional career in South Africa; he received semicha (rabbinic ordination) from Yeshiva Ner Israel in Baltimore. A revered kiruv ("outreach") rabbi, Torah-teacher, businessman and writer, he lives in Miami, Florida
with his wife, Toby (daughter of Ohr Sameyach's late Rabbi Nachman Bulman,
of blessed memory).
RMKatz @ 1stcovenant.com
Rabbi Michael Katz
5650 Stirling Road
Hollywood, FL 33021
After reading Rainbow
Covenant Dr. Robert E. Buxbaum became a First Covenant director back in 2013. A husband, father, engineer, scientist, life-long Torah-student and -teacher, Professor Buxbaum studied philosophy and chemical engineering at Cooper Union in New York City and later earned a doctorate in nuclear engineering from Princeton University. He manufactures scientific equipment, besides consulting, and sometimes writes incisive essays on ... everything under the sun. He lives just outside Detroit in Oak Park, Michigan.
REBuxbaum @ 1st covenant . com
Dr. Robert E. Buxbaum
REB Research and Consulting Co.
Oak Park, MI 48237
Be sure to read our book!
The Rainbow Covenant:
Torah and the Seven Universal Laws
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