Rabbi Daniel Smokler is the inaugural Chief Innovation Officer of Hillel International. In 2011, the Jewish Week named Dan one of the 36 under 36 change makers in Jewish life.
Dan grew up in Ann Arbor Michigan and graduated Cum Laude from Yale University with a Bachelors of Arts in the History of Art. Following college, Dan worked as a labor union organizer for the Service Employees Union and the Hotel and Restaurant Workers Union in Connecticut and Los Angeles. Dan then went on to found Organizational Solutions, a labor-consulting firm that helped reorganize the Writer’s Guild of America.
Dan went to Israel for his rabbinical education and was ordained in 2005 by Rabbi Zalman Nechemia Goldberg, of Jerusalem’s highest rabbinic court. Dan has worked for Hillel at Occidental College and University of California Los Angeles. He now works at New York University’s Hillel. Dan is also a doctoral candidate in Education and Jewish Studies at New York University and a Wexner Fellow.
Dan lives in New York with wife Erin Leib Smokler, the director of Spiritual Development at Yeshivat Maharat, and their two sons, Shalev and Nadiv.