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Dan Cohn-Sherbok was born in Denver, Colorado, and educated at Williams College. He was ordained a Reform rabbi at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion where he gained a doctorate in divinity. He served congregations in Jasper, Alabama; Galesburg, Illinois, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and Denver, Colorado.
Subsequently he was a rabbi in Melbourne, Australia; London, England; and Johannesburg, South Africa. He received a doctorate in philosophy from Cambridge University, England and from 1975 taught Jewish theology at the University of Kent, Canterbury.
He has been Visiting Professor at the University of Essex, Unviersity of Middlesex, University of St. Andrew's, and the University of Vilnius. Dan Cohn Sherbok is currently Professor of Judaism at the University of Wales at Lampeter. He is a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council's Peer Review College.
Professor Sherbok is the author and editor of over 80 books which have been translated into Russian, Chinese, Bulgarian, French, Swedish, Italian, German, Greek, and Swedish