Rabbi Dan Ornstein has been with Congregation Ohav Shalom for nearly twenty three years and he is proud to call Ohav his synagogue and his work place. Rabbi Dan devotes much of his effort to leading and serving our congregation and the Jewish people through educational programming, worship, teaching, pastoral care and spiritual counseling, and creative and educational writing.
Rabbi Dan currently serves as the rabbinical representative to the northeast district council of United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. He is also a member of the Albany Law Enforcement Reconciliation Team and he volunteers his time and leadership at the New York State Labor Religion Coalition.
Rabbi Dan blogs at the Times of Israel and contributes essays at WAMC Northeast Public Radio. He has published poetry in the Jewish Forward and on line at the Pine Hills Review and in the Jewish Literary Journal, as well as essays in the journal, Conservative Judaism. He writes for the multivolume Mesorah Matrix book series on Judaism from New Paradigm Matrix Publishing. He is currently writing a book about Cain and Abel, tentatively set to be published by the Jewish Publication Society.
When he is not serving Ohav or writing, Rabbi Dan loves to read, hike, watch movies and binge watch Netflix, as well as listen to Bruce Springsteen. He has been married to Marian Alexander for nearly thirty three years. They are the very proud parents of Joseph, Shulamit and Vered.
Rabbi Ornstein looks forward to welcoming you to the Ohav Shalom family!