Rabbi Dan Ornstein has been with Congregation Ohav Shalom for nearly twenty five years. He is proud to call Ohav his synagogue, his spritual home and his work place. Rabbi Dan devotes much of his effort to leading and serving our congregation and the Jewish people through educational programming, member outreach, 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 serves on the clergy advsiory board of New York State Concerned Clergy for Choice.
Rabbi Dan blogs at the Times of Israel and contributes essays from time to time 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. His book, Cain v. Abel: A Jewish Courtroom Drama, has recently been published by the Jewish Publication Society and University of Nebraska Press. It is currently available through the Shul.
When he is not serving Ohav or writing, Rabbi Dan loves to read, hike, watch movies and Netflix, as well as listen to Bruce Springsteen, Regina Spektor, and lots of classical music. He has been married to Marian Alexander for nearly thirty five years. They are the very proud parents of Joseph, Shulamit and Vered.
Rabbi Ornstein looks forward to welcoming you to the Ohav Shalom family!