Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger serves as the Executive Director and Community Rabbinic Scholar for the Jewish Studies Initiative of North Texas, which he founded in 2010. He teaches adult education classes on Judaism throughout the greater Dallas area, and is involved in a number of interfaith projects.
Although born in the United States, he has spent most of his life in Israel, having immigrated at the age of 20. Following his B.A., he spent over 10 years in advanced Jewish study, primarily at the Har Etzion College of Jewish Studies and the Hebrew University. His entire career before coming to the Unites States in 2005 to head the Community Kollel of Dallas has been devoted to teaching Jewish studies to young adults, primarily in various colleges of Jewish studies and seminaries in the Jerusalem area.
Rabbi Schlesinger is a member of the Rabbinical Council of America and the International Rabbinic Fellowship, as well as of the Rabbinic Association of Greater Dallas. He has been the receipient of a Rabbis Without Borders fellowship, sponsored by the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership – CLAL. He has been honored as the Memnosyne Interfaith Scholar for 2013.
Rabbi Schlesinger divides his time between Dallas and Israel. He and his Israeli–born wife Ayala have four grown children and four grandchildren, all of whom reside in Israel.