Rabbi Daniel Nevins is the Pearl Resnick Dean of The Rabbinical School and dean of the Division of Religious Leadership of The Jewish Theological Seminary. In addition, he is chair and senior lecturer of the Department of Professional and Pastoral Skills and serves on the Chancellor's Academic Council. Rabbi Nevins is a member of the Executive Council of the Rabbinical Assembly and serves on its Committee on Jewish Law and Standards (CJLS). He has written responsa on the halakhic topics of personal status, disabilities, bioethics, and homosexuality. His responsa may be read at the website of the CJLS.
Rabbi Nevins began his work at JTS in July 2007, after serving for thirteen years as rabbi of Adat Shalom Synagogue in Farmington Hills, Michigan. During those years, Rabbi Nevins led numerous organizations, serving as president of the Michigan Board of Rabbis, the Farmington Area Interfaith Association, and the Michigan region of the Rabbinical Assembly. He was also a founding board member and faculty member at the Frankel Academy of Metropolitan Detroit. Rabbi Nevins led many trips to Israel, including family and teen missions, solidarity trips, and an interfaith clergy tour of Rome and Israel in 2005. He has lectured across the United States and served as faculty for the Wexner Heritage Foundation's summer institute.
In 2006, Rabbi Nevins coauthored with Rabbis Elliot Dorff and Avram Reisner the responsum, "Homosexuality, Human Dignity and Halakhah" that was approved by a majority vote of the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards. This decision was the legal foundation for the admission of gay and lesbian students to the rabbinical schools of the Jewish Theological Seminary and the American Jewish University.
Rabbi Nevins's responsum on whether Jews who are blind can read Torah was published as a chapter in the volume Jewish Perspectives on Theology and the Human Experience of Disability, eds. Judith Z. Abrams and William C. Gaventa (New York: The Haworth Pastoral Press, 2007). His chapter on filial responsibility in the modern Jewish family was published as a chapter in Living a Jewish Life (Aviv Press, 2008).
Rabbi Nevins has published several articles in Conservative Judaism, including "A Place Among the Mourners of Zion" (Summer 2006) and "Dead or Alive? The Status of Brain Death in Jewish Law" (Winter 2005). He has also published essays in various journals: "Expanding the Boundaries of Judaism" (Judaism, Summer 2005); "God in Halakhah" (Walking with God, eds. Bradley Shavit Artson and Deborah Silver, 2007); and "Workplace Ethics" (Work and Worth, 2006). Rabbi Nevins's articles have appeared in the Detroit Jewish News and the Detroit Free Press, and he has been interviewed by the New York Times, National Public Radio, and various television stations.
Rabbi Nevins earned his bachelor's degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard College and his master’s degree and rabbinical ordination from JTS. He received a graduate fellowship from the Wexner Foundation.
Title: Pearl Resnick Dean of The Rabbinical School and Dean of the Division of Religious Leadership
Building/Room: Brush 504