Rabbi Daniel L. Lehmann is a Jewish innovator who has devoted his career to pluralistic Jewish education. On July 1, 2008, he became the eighth president of Hebrew College, one of the leading institutions of Jewish learning in the United States. He also serves as professor of pluralism and Jewish education.
Lehmann has rabbinical ordination from Yeshiva University, where he also received an undergraduate degree in philosophy. He has done graduate work in Jewish studies and education at both New York University and the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Yeshiva University, and was a research fellow in Jewish education at Brandeis University.
Prior to coming to Hebrew College, Lehmann served as the founding headmaster of Gann Academy-The New Jewish High School of Greater Boston. He was the founding director of The Berkshire Institute for Music and Arts, a four-week summer-camp program devoted to music and cultural expression, now known as BIMA at Brandeis. His two decades as a Jewish educator have included roles as rabbi and upper-school principal at Beth Tfiloh Community Day School and Congregation in Pikesville, Md.
A frequent lecturer on Jewish education, religious pluralism and interfaith learning, Lehmann has published numerous journal articles and contributed several chapters in books on religious education and interfaith learning. He has led training programs for Jewish day-school educators and leaders at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, where he also participated in the institute's international theological conferences.
He is chair of the Boston Theological Institute and was a participant in the Catholic-Jewish Colloquium and the project on Educating for Religious Particularism and Pluralism. In 2001, he received the Covenant Foundation Award for Excellence in Jewish Education and the Dr. Benjamin Shevach award from Hebrew College for his outstanding contribution to Jewish educational leadership.
Lehmann is married to Dr. Lisa Soleymani Lehmann, a primary-care physician who is executive director of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' National Center for Ethics in Health Care, and associate professor of medicine and medical ethics at Harvard Medical School. The Lehmanns have three children: Hillel, Eliyahu and Shira.