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Rabbi Dan Ehrenkrantz
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Dan Ehrenkrantz leads Dan Ehrenkrantz Consulting, a consulting firm specializing in strategy, leadership, management and fundraising.

Named one of the 50 most-influential American rabbis by Newsweek magazine for six consecutive years, Dan Ehrenkrantz was the fifth president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC) from 2002-2013. Ehrenkrantz directed a strategic restructuring that brought together the Reconstructionist movement’s seminary and its congregational services in one unique organization. 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.

During his time at RRC, Ehrenkrantz launched and completed a $50 million fundraising campaign including a grants program that raised over $2.5 million for interfaith initiatives, alumni education and work in the areas of social justice, aging and gender studies. He also completed a rebranding effort, developing an innovative web and social media presence for RRC.

Dan came to RRC after 14 years as rabbi of Bnai Keshet, a Reconstructionist congregation in Montlair, NJ. There he received national attention in The Washington Post for his work helping to promote interfaith understanding as a member of the Montclair Clergy Association. Ehrenkrantz led Bnai Keshet’s successful capital campaign and oversaw the purchase of the congregation’s first building—a project that entailed preserving a historic mansion and constructing a new facility. During the time he served as its spiritual leader, the congregation doubled in size.

As RRC’s Aaron and Marjorie Ziegelman Presidential Professor, 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 Forbes.com, The Jerusalem Report, New York’s Jewish Week, the Charlotte Observer, the Hartford Courant, and Contact and Child magazines.

Ehrenkrantz 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.

Dan Ehrenkrantz graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University with a Bachelor of Arts in religion and received both rabbinic ordination and a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters from RRC. He lives in the Philadelphia area with his family.

Entries by Rabbi Dan Ehrenkrantz

Israel on Campus: Getting it Right

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2015 | 11:11 AM

On college campuses, where cherished beliefs and assumptions are routinely challenged, tensions and conflicts are inevitable. When things go right, tensions turn into compassion and conflicts are transformed into community. But things do not always go right.

A student at a well-respected college reported to me that a professor had...

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Jewish Unity And The State Of Israel

(41) Comments | Posted July 10, 2011 | 6:39 PM

A pillar of Jewish life is a commitment to the unity of the Jewish people worldwide. Many assume the State of Israel creates that unity -- that support for Israel is, or should be, the thing that unites all Jewish people.

Of course, for much of Israel's...

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