Rabbi Alan G. Ciner
Rabbi Alan G. Ciner received his Semicha from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University and his Master’s degree from Yeshiva University in Medieval Jewish Philosophy.
Rabbi Ciner has had a distinguished career in the Pulpit Rabbinate—His first congregation was in Baltimore, Maryland (where he assumed the position at age 23). With the congregation’s close proximity to Washington, D.C., Rabbi Ciner was appointed to serve as a spokesperson regarding Jewish affairs at State Department meetings.
Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm, Chancellor and Rosh HaYeshiva of Yeshiva University, offered the keynote address at Rabbi Ciner’s investiture as Rabbi of the Ohio congregation (a congregation that he served following his Baltimore congregation). During that time, Rabbi Ciner (together with his Rabbinic colleagues) established a Ner Yisrael Kollel in the community. When called upon by Rabbis Nosson Scherman and Meir Zlotowitz, asking Rabbi Ciner to speak to members of his congregation (the Schottenstein family) regarding an Artscroll project, he readily did so, from which emerged The Schottenstein Talmud. Within the overall community, Rabbi Ciner was appointed by the Mayor of Columbus, Ohio to serve on an ethics commission, which was featured on 20/20 for its important role in highlighting ethical behavior. Rabbi Ciner was also appointed to serve as Chairman of The Martin Luther King Jr. commemorative observance for the city of Columbus, Ohio. Rabbi Ciner has served as a guest lecturer in The Ohio State University Department of Philosophy.
Rabbi Ciner has written articles and delivered papers at conferences highlighting the issue of Halacha and its relevance to a world of modernity. Rabbi Ciner has co-chaired numerous conferences including a global conference held in Jerusalem, sponsored by the Rabbinic Cabinet of Israel Bonds.
Rabbi Ciner has served on many boards including: the national executive board of the Rabbinical Council of America, the board of the Jewish Federation, Israel Bonds, the Anti-Defamation League, and the Council for Ethics and Economics.
Rabbi Ciner has been recognized by many organizations, including the Boy Scouts of America, with the following awards for his service to the Jewish community: the NCSY Rabbinic Leadership Award from the Orthodox Union, the Talmudic University Communal Service Award, the Jerusalem Heritage Award, and the Jewish Federation Rabbinic Leadership Award.
Rabbi Ciner is currently Vice President of Touro College and University System, serving as CEO of Touro College South. Rabbi Ciner is the Founding Rabbi of the New Synagogue.
Addressing many diverse groups throughout the country as an interactive speaker, Rabbi Ciner emphasizes the resolution of life’s challenges in a complex world. Rabbi Ciner was recently appointed to the Speakers Bureau of YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization).