David Ariel is President of Ariel Learning, a global Jewish learning organization. He has served as President of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies at the University of Oxford (UK) and as President of Siegal College of Judaic Studies in Cleveland, Ohio. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts where he teaches in the Me’ah and Kevah programs sponsored by Hebrew College and Combined Jewish Philanthropies. He also teaches for the American Joint Distribution Committee in eastern Europe; for Kivunim, a gap-year program in Israel; and for Hillel.
David Ariel graduated from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Jewish Thought and received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Brandeis University in Jewish Studies. He is the author of four books including Kabbalah; What Do Jews Believe? and Spiritual Judaism.
He has lectured widely on Jewish thought throughout the United States, Israel, the former Soviet Union, and Europe. He was the ﬁrst foreigner in seventy years to teach Jewish studies at the Ukraine Academy of Sciences and Kiev State University. He has served as a consultant to universities and foundations in North America. He has served in many volunteer capacities including judge for the National Jewish Book Awards, senior policy advisor to the North American Commission on Jewish Education, and a consultant-evaluator for the Higher Education Accreditation Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.