Named one of the 50 most-influential American rabbis by Newsweek magazine for three consecutive years, Rabbi Dan Ehrenkrantz became the fifth president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC) in 2002. He is the first graduate to assume leadership of an institution
that is both the intellectual center and the rabbinical training school of the Reconstructionist
movement, one of the four main branches of Judaism. Rabbi Ehrenkrantz came to RRC after
14 years as rabbi of Bnai Keshet, a Reconstructionist congregation in Montclair, NJ. There, he
received national attention in The Washington Post for his work in helping to foster interfaith understanding as a member of the Montclair Clergy Association.
As RRC’s Aaron and Marjorie Ziegelman Presidential Professor, Rabbi Ehrenkrantz has taught
courses on Jewish and Hebrew literature, darshanut (text interpretation), the Jewish holiday cycle,
and the Jewish lifecycle. He has written rabbinic commentary for Dream of Zion: American Jews
Reflect on Why Israel Matters to Them (Jewish Lights, 2007), the Men’s Torah Commentary (Jewish Lights), The Guide to Jewish Practice (RRC Press) and the Kol Haneshama prayer book series (Reconstructionist Press). His writings have also appeared in The Jerusalem Report, New York’s Jewish Week, the Charlotte Observer, the Hartford Courant, and Contact and Child magazines.
Rabbi Ehrenkrantz is frequently asked to represent the Reconstructionist movement in national forums, such as meetings of Jewish leaders with the Obama campaign and transition team. He has been a guest on the award-winning PBS television series Religion and Ethics Newsweekly, on the public radio program Weekend America, and on the Montel Across America Show with Montel Williams on AirAmerica Media. Rabbi Ehrenkrantz is an advisory board member of Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger and Panim: The Institute for Jewish Leadership and Values, which educates Jewish teenagers about the connection between civic engagement and Judaism. He is also a member of the Jewish Publication Society National Council. Rabbi Ehrenkrantz graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University with a B.A. in Religion and received both rabbinic ordination and an M.A. in Hebrew Letters from RRC. He lives in the Philadelphia area with his family.
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