Rabbi David A. Kunin graduated from Brandeis University with a degree in Medieval History and then attended the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, where he was ordained as a Rabbi and received an MA in Judaic Studies. David has served communities as rabbi in Glasgow, Elmira, San Diego and Edmonton.
He now is the spiritual leader of the Jewish Community of Japan.
Rabbi Kunin has a strong commitment to Jewish learning, and to a strong laity that play a central role in the religious leadership of the congregation. He believes that Jewish learning and growth is a life-long process. He also believes that spiritual growth, as we build our relationship with the community and God should be a continuous part of Jewish life.
David is a strong believer in the importance of good and harmonious relations between people from diverse religious communities. Interfaith relations have therefore been a continuous mark of his rabbinate. He served as the Chair of the Southern Tier Interfaith Coalition (Elmira, NY), where he created the Walking Together program, and was long time board member and president of the Edmonton Interfaith Centre for Education and Action. He also served on the Academic Senate of St Stephen's College and the Advisory Board of the Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion in Public Life. David also served for ten years as the Jewish Chaplain at the University of Alberta.
Rabbi Kunin speaks widely on Jewish History, Mysticism and Israel. He also focuses on issues of understanding between different religions and traditions.
Awards and Recognition
Alberta Centennial Medal
2013 Interfaith Center Award for Excellence in Interfaith Leadership
Global National TV “Everyday Hero” in 2008
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