Office of the President

Rabbi Daniel L. Lehmann, Eighth President of the Graduate Theological Union

About Rabbi Daniel L. Lehmann

Rabbi Daniel Lehmann is the eighth president of the Graduate Theological Union, where he is also professor of pluralism and Jewish thought.  He is the first non-Christian president in the institution’s 57-year history. From 2008 through 2018, he served as the eighth president of Hebrew College in Newton, MA, and professor of pluralism and Jewish education.

Prior to joining Hebrew College, he was the founding headmaster of Gann Academy — The New Jewish High School of Greater Boston, and founding director of the Berkshire Institute for Music and Arts (BIMA). He also co-founded several educational programs in partnership with the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, where he taught and studied. Rabbi Lehmann received the Covenant Foundation award for excellence in Jewish education as well as Hebrew College’s Benjamin Shevach award for outstanding leadership in Jewish education.

Rabbi Lehmann is passionate about interreligious learning and leadership and served as board chair of the Boston Theological Institute as its first non-Christian trustee. He has written numerous articles and chapters on Jewish education, theology, and interreligious learning, and has lectured widely to professional and communal audiences. Rabbi Lehmann is a graduate of Yeshiva University and its rabbinical school. He has studied philosophy of education as well as Jewish thought, history, and classical texts at New York University and Yeshiva University and has served as a research fellow at the Mandel Center for Studies sin Jewish Education of Brandeis University.

Rabbi Lehmann is married to Dr. Lisa S. Lehmann and is the proud father of three children.

"A multireligious community like the GTU creates exceptional opportunities to celebrate commonalities as well as to engage in serious conversations about difference. We are able to tackle tough issues here, to engage in touch conversations, because we are devoted to one another's positive growth and development. One of my top priorities as president is to nurture a GTU culture in which every voice is valued and respected, in which we can push one another in an atmosphere of trust and open inquiry."
--President Daniel Lehmann

Selected Writings

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President Daniel L Lehmann
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