Daniel Brenner

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Daniel S. Brenner is an American rabbi.[1] Brenner is chief of Education and Program at Moving Traditions.[2] Brenner was the founding executive director of Birthright Israel NEXT[3] and he directed graduate-level training programs at Auburn Theological Seminary[4] and at CLAL- the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership,[5] both in New York City. In 2009, he was named by Newsweek Magazine as one of the fifty most influential rabbis in America.[6]

Brenner graduated with a BA in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin[7], studied in Jerusalem at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, and received both an MA and rabbinic title from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.[8]

After ordination, Brenner studied with Rabbi Irving Greenberg at CLAL-the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership as part of the Steinhardt Fellowship. Brenner served on the faculty of CLAL from 1998–2003, authoring a work on palliative care with Joseph Fins, the chief of medical ethics of Weill Cornell Medical College and a series on spirituality with Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi.[9]

In 2003, Brenner became the first rabbi to direct the Center for Multifaith Education at Auburn Theological Seminary, a Presbyterian seminary in Manhattan.[10] At Auburn, Brenner played a role in the creation of a doctoral program at New York Theological Seminary for clergy who work within a religiously diverse context. It is the first doctoral level program of its kind in the United States. Brenner also created a program with Columbia University's Center for the Study of Science and Religion for religious leaders.[11]

Brenner became the vice president of the Birthright Israel Foundation in 2007.[12] He then founded and became executive director of Birthright Israel NEXT, an organization with the mission of engaging young adults in Jewish community life. Under Brenner's leadership, Birthright Israel NEXT launched NEXT Shabbat[13] and grew into a national organization that involved over 50,000 young Jewish adults each year.[14]

Brenner joined Moving Traditions in 2011.[15] Brenner is a published playwright.[16] In 2012, he served as the official rabbi for the Wall Street Journal's Passover wine tasting.[17] In 2016 he started a dance craze called Klezmer Aerobics. [18]



  1. ^ http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P1-79394055.html
  2. ^ Moving Traditions official website http://movingtraditions.org/aboutus/staff/
  3. ^ eJewish Philanthropy http://ejewishphilanthropy.com/birthright-israel-next-and-the-invisible-doubling-effect/
  4. ^ Reconstructionist Rabbinical College report http://www.rrc.edu/academics/rabbinical-program/multifaith-studies-and-initiatives/program-insights-video
  5. ^ CLAL Faculty http://www.clal.org/clal_faculty_db.html
  6. ^ http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2009/04/03/50-influential-rabbis.html
  7. ^ http://onwisconsin.uwalumni.com/recognition/daniel-brenner-92/
  8. ^ Reconstructionist Rabbinical College on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL110D52B8EEAEE426
  9. ^ http://www.amazon.com/Embracing-Life-Facing-Death-Palliative/dp/0963332902
  10. ^ Reconstructionist Rabbinical College official website http://www.rrc.edu/academics/rabbinical-program/multifaith-studies-and-initiatives/program-insights-video
  11. ^ American Jewish Press Association http://www.ajpa.org/rockower2004.php
  12. ^ The New York Sun http://www.nysun.com/new-york/birthright-israel-alumni-effort-seeks-to-deepen/63827/
  13. ^ http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2009-03-25/entertainment/0903230128_1_interfaith-couples-corned-beef-meals
  14. ^ NEXT official website http://www.birthrightisrael.com/afterthetrip/pages/default.aspx
  15. ^ Moving Traditions official site http://movingtraditions.org/aboutus/staff/
  16. ^ http://www.dramaticpublishing.com/AuthorBio.php?titlelink=9098
  17. ^ Wall Street Journal http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303816504577305722011555642.html
  18. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/05/arts/spare-times-for-children-listings-for-aug-5-11.html?_r=0

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