Rabbi Van Lanckton is a 2009 graduate of the Rabbinical School. He is Rabbi Emeritus of Temple B’nai Shalom in Braintree, MA, where he served in a student pulpit from 2007 to 2009 and then as Rabbi from 2009 to 2017.
Van is the Executive Vice President of the Rabbinical School’s Alumni Association, which he created in 2008. He is also Secretary of the Rabbis and Cantors Retirement Plan, which he co-created in 2012.
Van practiced law in Massachusetts for 36 years, serving initially as Director of the Community Legal Assistance Office and Teaching Fellow in Law and Clinical Practice at Harvard Law School and then in two positions in the Massachusetts state government. Following his subsequent 25 years in private practice, he retired from law in 2003 to become one of the seventeen founding students of the Rabbinical School. Van graduated cum laude from Yale College in 1964 and Harvard Law School in 1967.