Rabbi David Kunin
Rabbi Kunin graduated from Brandeis University with a degree in Medieval History. He then attended the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, where he was ordained as a Rabbi and received an MA in Judaic Studies.
David has served communities as rabbi in Glasgow, Elmira, San Diego and Edmonton.
He came to our community this summer in July.
Rabbi Kunin has a strong commitment to Jewish learning, and to a strong laity that play a central role in the religious leadership of the congregation. He believes that Jewish learning and growth is a life-long process. He also believes that spiritual growth, as we build our relationship with the community and God should be a continuous part of Jewish life.
David is a strong believer in the importance of good and harmonious relations between people from diverse religious communities. Interfaith relations have therefore been a continuous mark of his rabbinate. He served as the Chair of the Southern Tier Interfaith Coalition (Elmira, NY), where he created the Walking Together program, and was long time board member and president of the Edmonton Interfaith Centre for Education and Action. He received the Alberta Centennial Medal in recognition of his community work.
Rabbi Kunin speaks widely on Jewish History, Mysticism and Israel. He also focuses on issues of understanding between different religions and traditions. In his spare time he enjoys photography, hiking and skiing, and looks forward to getting to know our community, Tokyo and Japan.
David's wife Shelley is a talented Craniosacral therapist with an interest in weaving, knitting and many other crafts.
You can contact Rabbi Kunin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rabbi Kunin's Blog -- Lost in Translation, a North American Rabbi in Tokyo