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Meet Rabbi Daniel Olgin

Rabbi Daniel Olgin founded The Jewish Experience at The Ohio State University in 2005 and serves as its director. Daniel grew up as a marginally affiliated Jew in University Heights, Ohio and attended The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. It was there that a roommate from Tennessee, who had never met a Jew before, wanted to know if Jews have horns. This prompted Daniel to  reevaluate what Judaism meant to him. After some real questioning and searching, Daniel became a Jewish Studies major and became a student leader with Hillel, and served as president of the Jewish Student Activities Board of Hillel. After graduating, Daniel attended Yeshiva Ohr Somayach and Yeshiva Bircas HaTorah in Jerusalem, and received rabbinic ordination from Rabbi Zalman Nechemia Goldberg, Head of the Jerusalem Rabbinical Court. He holds a Masters degree in Judaic Studies and Education and a Teachers Certificate from the Ministry of Education of the State of Israel. Daniel worked for many years with NCSY, and has served as a day school teacher, congregational rabbi, and counselor in anti-missionary activities. He and his wife, Rivky and family reside in University Heights, Ohio. Daniel enjoys music, playing with his kids, science fiction, the outdoors and meditation.

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