Hailing from Teaneck, NJ, Daniel Kasdan is a passionate Jewish educator who has worked with all age groups.
After graduating from The Frisch School, he spent a year studying at Yeshivat Sha’arei Mevaseret Zion on the outskirts of Jerusalem. Daniel then attended Brandeis University, majoring in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and minoring in Creative Writing. While there, he was an active member of the campus Hillel: he served on the board of the Brandeis Orthodox Organization for two years, co-chaired and staffed the Hillel first-year retreat, acted as a student kashrut supervisor on Shabbat, shared words of Torah in between daily afternoon and evening prayer services, and led multiple weekly study sessions in the Beit Midrash. Daniel also served as student intern for OU-JLIC at Brandeis during his senior year, a precursor of what was to come. Just weeks after graduating, he returned to Brandeis to staff Genesis, a pluralistic educational program for Jewish high school students.
He then spent four years studying for rabbinical ordination at Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) in New York. During that time, Daniel spent two summers in the Boca Raton Synagogue summer kollel and two winters in the Young Israel of Scarsdale Kehillat Beit Midrash, studying with Jews of various ages and backgrounds. In his final year at RIETS, he taught a weekly parsha class to prospective converts. In addition to his rabbinical studies, he is pursuing a master’s in Medieval Jewish History from the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies.
Now to the fun stuff. In his free time, Daniel enjoys reading (especially thriller novels and Jewish history books), eating Chickies sandwiches, and finding inspiration in classic movies. He is a regular contributor to the James Bond fan forums online, and was featured on CBS News for his lightsaber duel in AMC Empire 25 on opening night of Star Wars Episode VII. If the opportunity arises, Daniel can remove a splinter from most people without them even noticing, a skill he perfected in Camp Moshava’s infirmary. He aspires to visit each of the United States, and loves shmoozing with new people.