Rabbi Dov Lerner, 26, originally from a suburb of London, England, began studying at Yeshiva University as an undergraduate following 3 years of study at Yeshivat Har Etzion.
Having toyed with the ideas of majoring in philosophy and history, Dov settled on a major in English Literature, touring the created realms of Kafka and Conrad, Woolf and Beowulf, Dante and Donne. In 2011-2012, Dov participated in the initial cohort of the Straus Center Semikha Seminar, on “Jewish Ideas and American Democracy,” in which he was introduced to the writing of Thomas Paine and a world of common sense. Pragmatically too, his pulpit responsibilities at Lincoln Square Synagogue were enhanced by the weekly preparations of the Straus center.
During the academic year of 2012-2013, while serving as a Tikvah Fellow, Dov continued participating in the Semikha Seminar, this time examining the theme of “Judaism, Just War, and National Security.” Additionally, during the summer of 2013, Dov and his wife, Miriam, helped run the Straus Center and Tikvah Fund Summer Institute for high school students, guiding a select cadre of students from across the country in their examination of foundational Torah and Western texts, thinkers, writers, and ideas.
During the 2013-2014 academic year, Dov will begin a PhD at the University of Chicago, in “Religion and Literature,” and hopes to serve the Jewish community in both a rabbinic and academic capacity.