Judaism Unbound Staff


Daniel Libenson is the founder and president of the Institute for the Next Jewish Future and co-host of the Judaism Unbound podcast. His extensive background in Jewish communal innovation includes six years as Executive Director of the University of Chicago Hillel and three years as Director of New Initiatives at Harvard Hillel. Dan is a 2009 AVI CHAI Fellow and has also received the Richard M. Joel Exemplar of Excellence award, Hillel International's highest professional honor. In 2010, Dan 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, was an articles editor of the Harvard Law Review, and assisted Professor Alan Dershowitz in criminal defense work and on book projects, including The Vanishing American Jew. Dan has published articles in Ha'aretz, The New York Jewish Week, Zeek, eJewishPhilanthropy, and elsewhere. Before devoting his life to working in the Jewish community, Dan spent five years as a law professor after clerking for Judge Michael Boudin on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. He lives in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago with his wife and two children. Contact Dan at Dan@nextjewishfuture.org.


Lex Rofes is a Jewish Educator and Organizer who serves as Strategic Initiatives Coordinator of the Institute for the Next Jewish Future and co-host of the Judaism Unbound podcast. He graduated with a BA in Judaic Studies from Brown University. While a student there, he served as Student President of Brown RISD Hillel and as a Student Representative on the board of Hillel International. He comes to Judaism Unbound after a two-year Education Fellowship at the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life, based in Jackson, Mississippi. He has had articles published by JTAMyJewishLearning.ComSh'ma JournalJewSchool: Progressive Jews & ViewsNew Voices, and others. An essay of his was included in the Greenhaven Press book Anti-Semitism: Opposing Viewpoints. He grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and currently lives in Providence, Rhode Island. He is currently studying towards rabbinic ordination through ALEPH: The Alliance for Jewish Renewal, enrolled in Hebrew College's Interfaith Families Jewish Engagement certificate program, and actively involved in the activist group IfNotNow. Lex is a die-hard Packers fan and a former college a cappella nerd. He can be contacted at Lex@nextjewishfuture.org.