Social Action and Interfaith Work
For over twenty years, Daniel Gale has been involved in interfaith, social-justice and pastoral work while serving as a member of the Jewish clergy (Cantor) to congregations in Michigan, Alabama, Nevada, and most recently, Skokie, Illinois.
During his years in the Cantorate, Daniel has focused much of his energy on interfaith, social-justice and civil rights issues. He is a founding member of the Alabama Faith Council, an interfaith clergy and lay organization dedicated to issues of social-justice and interfaith understanding. He also served as a founding board member of the Pastoral Advisory Group at the University of Alabama Birmingham Medical Center, a group focused on advising medical and other UAB staff on matters of pastoral care related to religious diversity among patients. He was also a member of the of the National Conference for Community Justice and the Southside Birmingham Interfaith Council.
During his time serving the Tri-Cities (Michigan) Jewish Communities, Daniel was deeply engaged in anti hate-group and interfaith activities. He worked closely with the Anti-Defamation League and Southern Poverty Law Conference on issues related to white nationalist hate groups. He was honored to receive the MLK Keep the Dream Alive Award from the city of Bay City, MI, and the Spirit of the River Award from the Saginaw (MI) Bridge Center for Racial Harmony for his work in these areas.
A frequent presenter to interfaith community and youth groups, Daniel worked with ADL to bring to the Bay City, MI school district A World of Difference, a peer-mentoring program for middle and high school aged students, designed to equip students with the ability to recognize bias and the harm it inflicts on individuals and society.
In recognition for his work, Daniel was recognized by the Michigan Civil Rights Commission and invited to speak at the MCRC’s Public Forum on “One Michigan: The Dangers of Ethnic, Racial and Religious Intolerance in Our State, in Our Country and in Our World.’’
Daniel was extremely honored to be nominated for a position on the Alabama Advisory Committee to the US Commission on Civil Rights.
As a Cantor and singer, Daniel has performed across the US with African American singer Oral Moses presenting Songs of Struggle, Songs of Faith: A Musical Celebration of the Jewish and African American Musical Traditions, a vocal concert exploring the deep historical connections between the Black and Jewish communities. A notable performance was sponsored by the Birmingham Civil Rights Museum at Birmingham, AL’s historic 16th Street Baptist Church honoring the 80th birthday of the late civil-rights leader Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth.
Daniel has served in leadership roles as a member of the Executive Council of the Cantor Assembly of Conservative Judaism, and as a board member of the International Business Forms Industry trade organization.
His academic training is from the University of Michigan, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Hebrew College, and the Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music, from which he received his bachelor’s degree and two master’s degrees.