Rabbi Peter Tarlow, Ph.D of College Station, is the former chairman of the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission, having been selected by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. He is a lecturer at Texas A&M University Medical School. He previously served as the Rabbi for the Texas A&M Hillel for thirty years and now holds the title of Rabbi Emeritus. Additionally, he is the director of the Center for Latino-Jewish Relations and Crypto-Jewish Studies that works to educate the Hispanic and Jewish communities about their shared history and lineage. lecturing around the world. He also writes a monthly column for the Bryan Eagle and a weekly bilingual Torah commentary available through his various organizations.
He is the founder and president of Tourism & More, Inc., and the past president of the Texas Chapter of the Travel and Tourism Research Association. He is fluent in Hebrew, English, Spanish, and Portuguese and is a world-renowned speaker and expert specializing in the impact of crime and terrorism on the tourism industry, event and tourism risk management, and economic development. Rabbi Tarlow has consulted on tourism development and security for the Hoover Dam, the Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Olympic Games, the U.S. National Park Service, the Smithsonian’s Institution Office of Protection Services, The Center for Disease Control, the Rio de Janeiro 2014 World Cup Games, the United Nation’s World Tourism Organization, and the Panama Canal Authority. He has contributed to numerous articles and books, but is the sole author of several books including Twenty Years of Tourism Tidbits: The Book, Event Risk Management and Safety, and Tourism Security: Strategies for Effective Managing Travel Risk and Safety. Rabbi Tarlow received a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish literature from George Washington University. He was ordained as a Reform Rabbi and earned a Master of Arts in Hebrew literature from Hebrew Union College. He received a Doctorate in sociology from Texas A&M University.