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 David Gregory.
Gregory began his journalism career at age 18 as a summer reporter for KGUN-TV in Tucson, Arizona. He joined NBC News in 1995 and worked for their flagship West Coast affiliate KCRA-TV in Sacramento and as a correspondent based in Los Angeles and Chicago. He served as White House Correspondent during the presidency of George W. Bush, reporting extensively on the 9/11 attacks as well as the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Gregory has also covered three presidential campaigns in 2000, 2004 and 2008. Beyond politics, he has covered nearly every major story for the network: from the O.J. Simpson trials, to the trial of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, to the impeachment of President Clinton and the death of Pope John Paul II.
In December 2008, Gregory was named moderator of NBC News’ Meet the Press. He was also a regular contributor for Today and served as a back-up anchor for the broadcast. Gregory also was a general contributor and analyst on MSNBC, and lended his voice and reporting to all NBC News broadcasts.
Gregory lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and their three young children.
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.