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We’re so pleased to welcome Rabbi Daniel Bogard as the Big Read’s Rabbi in Residence!  His participation comes about due to the good work of The Rev. Manoj Zacharia and Christ Church Cathedral.  The idea of inviting Daniel to be our Rabbi in Residence emerged from a Co-Create the Cathedral initiative, and his presence is supported by both the Diocese of Southern Ohio and the Cathedral.  Daniel will be joining us at Diocesan Convention and at the Capstone Event with Terence Fretheim in April.  He will be blogging (and maybe even podcasting) regularly on this site. And, he’ll be available for Sunday morning Adult Forums at parishes throughout the diocese.  To contact Daniel, please send an email to me at kpbstevens@nullgmail.com, and I’ll put you in touch with him.

Daniel, along with his wife Rabbi Karen Kriger Bogard, serves as an associate rabbi of Adath Israel Congregation in Cincinnati, OH. Prior to moving here, the Bogards were in Peoria, IL, where he served as the rabbi of the Reform congregation in town, the director of Bradley University Hillel, and as an adjunct-professor of Religious Studies at Bradley. Daniel grew up in St. Louis, MO, as an active member of Central Reform Congregation, and after college at Macalester in St. Paul, MN (and time spent on a Kibbutz in Israel), he went to Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem/Cincinnati, where he met his wife and partner. Daniel is passionate about engaging people in meaningful encounters with Jewish text, building bridges across faith a cultural borders, and about being a dad to his three young kids. While in Peoria, he was a driving influence in the creation of the “Peace for Peoria” social movement which focused on countering Islamophobia in Central Illinois, and eventually resulted in him being a subject of the “No Joke Project” documentary/book/tour about his friendship with the local Imam and Evangelical Mega-Church Pastor. He is a CLAL Rabbis Without Borders Fellow, and a Senior Rabbinic Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute.