Rabbi David Levin-Kruss

Global Day ON AIR 2018: Rabbi David Levin-Kruss

“Movement of the People”: The Exodus Story in Reggae and Spirituals

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The story of the Israelites leaving Egypt features in contemporary music as an expression of protest against oppression. In this session, David Levin-Kruss explores how the Exodus of one enslaved people was used, millennia later, by others for inspiration and emulation. As Jews, what can we learn about our own journey by listening to modern songs of struggle and selfhood?

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“Jewish text and tradition is the ‘technology’ we use to make the world a better place” says Rabbi David Levin-Kruss, director of Jewish Education for JDC-Europe. David hopes to infuse community programs with rich and innovative Jewish content by supporting European Jews in finding their own Jewish voice. Prior to joining JDC, Levin-Kruss taught and directed special programs at Jerusalem’s Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, served as the Overseas Director of the Melitz Centers for Jewish Zionist Education, and was the Community Director and Family Educator of Stanmore and Canons Park Synagogue in London. DLK is also the founder of My Open Book, a methodology that uses Jewish and general texts combined with life-coaching techniques to achieve personal breakthroughs. Levin-Kruss holds a B.A. and Teachers’ Certification in English Literature and Jewish Thought from Hebrew University. He also served in the IDF’s Spokesperson’s Unit, and received rabbinic ordination from the Joseph and Gwendolyn Straus Rabbinical Seminary.