Dan Libenson is the founder and president of Judaism Unbound, where he co-hosts the Judaism Unbound Podcast and directs The UnYeshiva, a digitally-driven center for Jewish learning and unlearning. Along with Benay Lappe, Dan also co-hosts The Oral Talmud, a weekly video series that will soon be released as a podcast. Previously, he served as Executive Director of the University of Chicago Hillel and of jU Chicago, and as Director of New Initiatives at Harvard Hillel. He has also served on the faculties of the Bronfman Fellowship, UUC-JIR’s Zelikow School of Nonprofit Management, and the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Cornerstone Fellowship. Dan is the translator of The Orchard by renowned Israeli novelist Yochi Brandes, which tells the story of the early Rabbis of the Mishnaic period. He was awarded an AVI CHAI Fellowship in recognition of his innovative work and was named a Jewish Chicagoan of the Year by Chicago Jewish News. Dan attended Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where he graduated magna cum laude and was an articles editor of the Harvard Law Review. He spent five years as a law professor after clerking for Judge Michael Boudin on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Dan lives in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago with his wife, two children, and two dogs.
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