Clal Faculty: Rabbi Dan Ain

August 17, 2010

Teaching, preaching and pastoring in various locations throughout New York, Rabbi Dan is the Rabbi-in-Residence at 92YTribeca and has most recently served as the Rabbi of The New Shul in Greenwich Village. He continues to host The New Shul’s "Rebbe’s Table" at City Winery in Tribeca, a monthly program which has included provocative interactions with, among others, Cosmologist David Hogg of NYU and Microbiologist Arturo Casadevall of Albert Einstein School of Medicine.

He also serves as an adjunct professor at the Academy for Jewish Religion, where he lectures on "Faith, Technology and Halackha" and grapples with the present (and future) ideological clash between our burgeoning technological beliefs and traditional Jewish faith.

Rabbi Dan's High Holy Day soapbox preaching on how we can disconnect from technology and reinvent our spiritual selves drew crowds in Washington Square Park and was featured on The Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC. At The House of Awe & Repentance Café, he tended bar and served up coffee and conversation for the hundreds who came through The New Shul's experiential art exhibit which featured video, sculpture, music and multi-media displays that explored, reinterpreted and reinvented ways to experience the period of time from Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

"We have begun to see our lives through a technological lens." says Rabbi Dan. "Jewish ritual provides us with the opportunity to get back to using our own eyes, our own senses, so that we can reconnect with the person we want to be, as opposed to what our technology needs us to be."

Also an attorney and a writer, Rabbi Dan received a B.A. in Philosophy from Brandeis University and a J.D. from Boston College Law School. As a freelance journalist, he has explored the interplay between religion and politics both in America and Israel. His writing has appeared in The New York Jewish Week, Sh’ma, The New York Blueprint, Conservative Judaism, and the Boston College Law Magazine.

Ordained by The Jewish Theological Seminary, he was a member of the first class of CLAL’s "Rabbis Without Borders," and is currently a CLAL Associate.

He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, writer and poet, Alana Joblin Ain.

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