Rabbi Daniel Stein is a creative spiritual leader who is committed to building dynamic, spiritually engaged communities; this fall he begins his tenure as the Rabbi of Congregation B'nai Shalom in the San Francisco Bay Area. He previously served as the rabbi of Bnai Abraham Synagogue in Easton Pennsylvania, and served on the faculty of Lafayette College.
Rabbi Stein is committed to religious pluralism, and has fostered partnerships both within and beyond the larger Jewish community. In Easton worked with interfaith clergy to revive an annual interfaith Thanksgiving celebration that raises money for families in need, and coordinated a community wide response Boston Marathon bombings. Rabbi Stein served on the executive board of ProJeCt of Easton, an interfaith organization focused on literacy development and poverty alleviation. His commitment to social justice work was recognized in 2014, when he was selected as a Balfour Brickner fellow of the Reform Movement's Religious Action Center. He was also a fellow of the Chautauqua Institution's New Clergy Program.
Rabbi Stein was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he also completed a master's degree in Jewish literature with a concentration in Yiddish. As a student, Daniel served as the Legacy Heritage Foundation Rabbinic Fellow at Congregation Shomrei Torah in Tallahassee Florida and was an assistant rabbi at Temple Sinai in Middletown, New York. While at JTS, Daniel was awarded prizes in theology and Jewish thought.
Daniel is also an accomplished musician. He holds a degree in music history from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, and has performed professionally in wide variety of settings. He has appeared on the stage of BB King's Blues Club in New York City, on Israeli National Television as a member of the Jerusalem Great Synagogue Choir, and once shared a billing with Tommy Ramone--last living member of the Ramones.