Danny Stein

Professional Magician. Superhero-Wannabe. Radical Optimist.

Danny is thrilled to be the rabbi of The Selma and Lawrence Ruben Base NYC on the UWS. He is deeply passionate about helping others connect with Judaism in authentically meaningful ways. Danny and his wife Tamara are committed to building a pluralistic Jewish community through Torah, justice and compassion, soulful prayer, and stimulating conversations. You will most likely find Danny studying a hasidic text, rallying for justice, (re)watching “The West Wing,” or eating sushi. He is interested in how we explore personal, political, and religious differences amongst ourselves, and he spent his final year of rabbinical school studying Hassidic tales focused on how these differences can be used to strengthen interpersonal relationships and holy community.


Danny received his rabbinic ordination from Hebrew College in Boston, where he completed a specialization in Spirituality and Social Justice and a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He spent his time serving communities at the Hillels of University of Massachusetts Amherst, Northeastern University, and Boston University, as well as Temple Beth Zion. Danny completed fellowships with the Shalom Hartman Institute, Mayyim Hayyim, and T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call of Human Rights. Prior to rabbinical school, he studied Talmud in Chicago with Svara: A Traditionally Radical Yeshiva.


Danny grew up as an active participant in the Chicagoland Reform Movement, including many summers spent at Camp OSRUI in Wisconsin. He received his undergraduate degree from American University in Washington, D.C. and studied for a semester at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Aside from all things Jewish, Danny is a professional magician, performing magic for corporate and private events nationwide. He and Tamara are thrilled to call the Upper West Side home and cannot wait to welcome you! He’d love for you to reach out via danny.stein@moishehouse.org.