Rabbi Dan Ehrenkrantz, Scholar in Residence: Jews and Israel: People, Power and Purpose
1. Friday, April 7, 2017 • 11 Nisan 57776:30 PM - 8:00 PMDinner followed by Kabbalat Shabbat
2. Friday, April 7, 2017 • 11 Nisan 57778:00 PM - 9:30 PMPeople: Mordecai Kaplan taught the primacy of peoplehood in Jewish life. In today’s world, what does it mean to be “a people”?
3. Saturday, April 8, 2017 • 12 Nisan 57779:00 AM - 10:00 AMPower: Jews have more power on the world stage today than at any other time in history. This session will explore the challenges of wielding power, in both the U.S. and Israel.
4. Saturday, April 8, 2017 • 12 Nisan 577712:30 PM - 2:00 PMPurpose (continued): Why be Jewish?
In addition to the sessions listed Rabbi Dan will give the dvar during the morning service.
Saturday Dvar Torah, Shabbat HaGadol: Purpose: The story we tell on Passover is the guiding Jewish narrative. How do we want to re-tell this story today?
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.
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.
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