Rabbi Eric M. Lankin, D.Min.
Chief of Institutional Advancement and Education
Rabbi Eric M. Lankin, D.Min. is Chief, Institutional Advancement and Education for Jewish National Fund since 2005. His responsibilities including leading JNF's Israel Advocacy and Education Department whose mission is to engage, educate and energize American Jews in support of the Land and People of Israel. Program areas include congregational relations, government relations, Israel education, and college and high school advocacy.
Dr. Lankin previously served for four years as Director of Religious and Educational Activities of United Jewish Communities (now known as the Jewish Federations of North America), the senior rabbinic professional of the North American Federation system. He also has served as Executive Director of the New Jersey Region of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and as a congregational rabbi for 14 years in Elkins Park, PA; West Hempstead, NY; Miami Beach, FL; and Harrisburg, PA.
Born in Philadelphia, he is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in1978 where he received his B.S. in Marketing. He earned his M.A. in Judaica and Ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 1985. He also has earned two Post-Masters Certificates from the Blanton-Peale Graduate Institute of the Institutes of Religion and Health and the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health, both of New York City, in pastoral care and pastoral counseling. He received his Doctorate in Pastoral Counseling from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1999 and an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2011.
Rabbi Lankin, his wife Jeanne and their children reside in Highland Park, New Jersey.