Daniel Raphael Silverstein is a rabbi, educator, meditation teacher and MC/poet who has facilitated, performed and taught across Europe, the US and Israel. Daniel was selected by the Jewish Week as one of the 36 young leaders “remaking the Jewish community” and has contributed to the Jerusalem Post, the Jewish Chronicle and the Huffington Post among others. He recently moved from Palo Alto, where he was Director of Jewish Life and Learning for Hillel at Stanford University, to Israel, where he is enjoying teaching and writing for institutions such as Pardes, the OU, Or HaLev and Wisdom Tribe.
As an artist-educator, Daniel has performed and facilitated for myriad Jewish institutions across the entire spectrum of the community. He has also brought this work to many Christian, Muslim, inter-faith and no-faith venues, including dozens of music festivals. His songs and videos have attracted tens of thousands of hits on YouTube.
Daniel regularly teaches meditation classes and retreats. He has completed the Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training Course, a 16-month journey through many kinds of meditative and pedagogical practices, which is a collaboration between the Institute for Jewish Spirituality and the Awakened Heart Project.
Daniel co-founded Lines of Faith, a Muslim-Jewish hip hop and poetry collective that uses performances and workshops to challenge prejudice and build meaningful bonds between communities. The group has run hundreds of programs throughout the UK, Europe and the USA.
Daniel also co-founded Moishe House London, a successful experiment in post-denominational Judaism that has helped to breathe fresh life into the London Jewish community.
Daniel studied Literature and Social & Political Sciences at Cambridge (BA), and International Relations at Warwick (MA). He has studied for three years in Israel, at Yeshivot Ein Tzurim, Shvilei HaTorah and Maale Gilboa, and received his ordination from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School.