Listen to Rabbi Danny Schiff on Talking Point
From his upbringing in Melbourne, Australia surrounded by Holocaust survivors, to his inspiring leadership in Pittsburgh after the Tree of Life synagogue shooting, and his decision to make Aliyah to Israel, Rabbi Danny Schiff brings a unique and remarkably impartial perspective to the Diaspora, Jewish ethics, and the future of the Reform and Conservative movements. In our Jewish Leadership series, Rabbi Schiff shares his projections for the future of the Reform and Conservative movements in America, offering insightful analysis of their historical roles and how our collective community needs continue to evolve in the post-modern digital age. Could Judaism be reimagined in the 21st-century by going back to basics?
Rabbi Danny Schiff
Rabbi Dr. Danny Schiff is the Federation Scholar at the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. He is a noted teacher and researcher in Jewish ethics.
Born in Sydney, Australia, Rabbi Dr. Schiff grew up in Melbourne. He graduated with a B.A. from the University of Melbourne. Rabbi Dr. Schiff received ordination, as well as his Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters degree, from the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (H.U.C. – J.I.R.). He also received his Doctor of Hebrew Letters degree, as well as an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from H.U.C. – J.I.R.. Additionally, Dr. Schiff earned an M.A. in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
Rabbi Schiff previously served as the Community Scholar for the Agency for Jewish Learning in Pittsburgh, as rabbi of B’nai Israel in White Oak, Pennsylvania, and as rabbi at Temple Beth Israel in Melbourne.
He is the author of Abortion in Judaism, published by Cambridge University Press and Judaism in a Digital Age published by Palgrave Macmillan. He is a former President of the Museum of Jewish Ideas, and board member of the City of Pittsburgh Ethics Board and the Society of Jewish Ethics.