Dario Hunter

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Rabbi Dario David Hunter
Also known as: Yisroel Hunter[1]
Created Rabbi August 25, 2012
Personal details
Born 1983
New Jersey, U.S.A.[1]
Nationality American, Israeli
Residence United States
Occupation Rabbi, Lawyer, Academic
Alma mater Princeton University (A.B.)[1]
University of Windsor (LL.B.)[1]
University of Detroit Mercy (J.D.)[1]
Wayne State University (LL.M.)[1]
Semicha Jewish Spiritual Leaders Institute

Dario David Hunter (born 1983) is an American-born Israeli lawyer, rabbi, and academic. He is the first Muslim-born person to be ordained as a rabbi.[2]


On August 25, 2012, Hunter was ordained a rabbi by the Jewish Spiritual Leaders Institute in New York City.[2] Hunter is openly gay and was raised by his Iranian Muslim father and African American mother in New Jersey.[3] He converted to Judaism, first through the Reform movement and then through an Orthodox process.[1]

A former environmental attorney in Israel, he currently lives in Youngstown, Ohio.[3][4] He is a Democratic Party candidate for Youngstown City Council in the 2015 primary election.[4]

Hunter has been noted in Canadian news media for his pro-Israel advocacy.[5][6]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Biography". The Kosher Unicorn. Retrieved August 26, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "NYC: Ex-Muslim to be ordained as rabbi". YNetNews.com. July 7, 2012. Retrieved August 26, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Muslim-born American to be ordained as rabbi in New York". Al-Arabiya News. July 7, 2012. Retrieved August 26, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Dario Hunter for Youngstown City Council, Ward 6". Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  5. ^ "CUPE 'witch-hunt' called anti-Semitic". The Toronto Star. Feb 27, 2009. Retrieved August 26, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Students 'solve' Mideast crisis". The Windsor Star. Apr 9, 2008. Retrieved August 26, 2012.