Alan Silverstein is an American Conservative rabbi and the spiritual leader of Congregation Agudath Israel since 1979. He received a master of Hebrew letters in rabbinics from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and a Ph.D. in Jewish history from its Institute for the Advanced Study in Humanities and was ordained by its Rabbinical School. He also earned a master’s degree in Jewish history from Columbia University.
He was vice president of the National Council of Synagogues; president of the West Essex Clergy Association; president of the MetroWest Board of Rabbis and of the Rabbinical Assembly’s New Jersey Region; president of the New Jersey Coalition of Religious Leaders; and served as a member of the National Rabbinic Cabinet of the United Jewish Appeal. From 1993 to 1995 he was president of the International Rabbinical Assembly of the Conservative Movement. From 2000 - 2005 he was president of the Masorti Olami (World Council of Conservative/Masorti Synagogues).
A nationally renowned lecturer, Rabbi Silverstein has written numerous articles and booklets on intermarriage, conversion and the Arab-Israel conflict.
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“Power lasts ten years; influence not more than a hundred.”
—Korean proverb, quoted in Alan L. Mackay, The Harvest of a Quiet Eye (1977)