Welcome to Sermons, from Rabbi David Seth Kirshner. This episode is part of the Scholar In Residence program at Temple Emanu-El. This program is a conversation that Rabbi Kirshner had with Alan Dershowitz.
Alan M. Dershowitz is a Brooklyn native who has been called “the nation’s most peripatetic civil liberties lawyer” and “Israel’s single most visible defender – the Jewish state’s lead attorney in the court of public opinion.” He is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School faculty.
Prior to joining Temple Emanu-El, Rabbi Kirshner worked at the Jewish Theological Seminary, which he joined in 1999, serving as Senior Director of Institutional Advancement, overseeing the Seminary’s development and outreach efforts. For five years, Rabbi Kirshner also served as Rabbi for the Hebrew Congregation of Fitzgerald, GA, traveling every three weeks to this community in Southern Georgia.
In addition to reinvigorating all aspects of Temple Emanu-El and strengthening relationships one by one, Rabbi Kirshner is involved in the community at-large and holds many positions of leadership. Rabbi Kirshner is the President of the New York Board of Rabbis, a member of the Chancellor’s Rabbinic Cabinet at the Jewish Theological Seminary and was selected among 50 rabbis to participate in the inaugural class of the Kellogg School of Rabbinic Management at Northwestern University. In 2013, Rabbi Kirshner was appointed to the New Jersey-Israel Commission by Governor Chris Christie. Additionally, Rabbi Kirshner is the Vice President of the NJ Board of Rabbis, sits on the UJC Rabbinic Cabinet and serves on the board of the UJA Federation of New York. He was recently asked to serve as a Rabbinic Advisor to the Shalom Hartman Institute . Rabbi Kirshner was appointed to the National Council of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and graduated as a Senior Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, Israel.
Rabbi Kirshner has written articles for many media sources and is regularly published in the Jewish Standard, the Bergen Record, Haaretz, The Times of Israel, The Huffington Post and the New York Times and has been featured on national radio and television programs including CBS, WABC, NPR, Nightline, MSNBC, Al Jazeera and Faith to Faith.
Rabbi Kirshner holds a BA degree from York University in Toronto, Canada and earned an MA in Hebrew Letters and rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary. Rabbi Kirshner is married to Dori Frumin Kirshner. They have two children.