From teaching in Hebrew schools and Hebrew high schools, to being a Jewish summer camp counselor, to staffing Birthright Israel trips, to serving as a Hillel rabbi on campus, to teaching Melton Adult Education courses, to serving in a traditional pulpit role, Rabbi Dan has been blessed to work in just about every Jewish educational setting imaginable, both formal and informal. He has officiated at numerous weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, baby namings and circumcisions, and cherishes the ability to form meaningful relationships with people.
Rabbi Dan is the Founding Director of The Well: an inclusive Jewish community-building, education and spirituality initiative geared to the needs of young adults and those who haven't connected with traditional institutions. The organization's core belief is that Jewish community, ethics, values, and spirituality can and should be directly applicable to our lives, and should drive us to positively impact the world around us.
The Well was recently included in the 2017 Slingshot Guide, highlighting the 50 most innovative and impactful organizations in the North American Jewish Community. Due to his work with The Well, Rabbi Dan was recently selected by The Forward as one of the most inspiring rabbis in North America, and was selected as one of four inaugural cohort members of the Open Dor Project - a competitive national accelerator for Jewish spiritual startup leaders. He is also an alumnus of the Clergy Leadership Incubator housed at Hazon.
Before founding The Well, Rabbi Dan served in a number of professional roles, and is proudest of his years of work as the Rabbi and Director of Immersive Learning for Moishe House, heading the Jewish Education department for the global leader in Jewish young adult engagement and education.
An avid basketball player, violinist, trained vocalist and Detroit sports enthusiast, Rabbi Dan is a member of OHALAH: The Association of Rabbis for Jewish Renewal, of the Michigan Board of Rabbis, of the State Bar of Michigan, and is a trained mediator who has mediated numerous disputes in various courts and dispute resolution centers. He is happiest when helping organizations find meaningful ways to connect with individuals, and helping individuals find creative ways to make Judaism relevant and meaningful in their daily lives.
Rabbi Dan makes his home in Metro Detroit with his spouse Miriam and their children Jonah and Micah.