Sign In Forgot Password

Pride Shabbat Service

Friday, June 24, 2022 25 Sivan 5782

7:30 PM - 9:00 PMCBE & ZOOM

Pride Shabbat Service with Derek David

For this Friday night's Shabbat Service, friend of Rabbi Mike, Derek David,  will be our special guest as darshan (i.e., give the drash) for a celebration of Pride Shabbat. He will give the drash via Zoom, and on a screen in the sanctuary (thanks George Morton!)

Drash topic:  Identity, Individuality, Acceptance: Meditations on Korach.


Derek David is a composer, conductor, and music educator based in Boston, Massachusetts. His dramatic and vibrant chamber music has been performed in both Europe and the United States and has received great recognition from audiences and critics alike.  Derek’s String Quartet (2011), described as “a true musical jewel of the 21st Century,” has been met with international praise and repeated performances throughout the United States. Derek has been the recipient of the EAMA Nadia Boulanger Institute Prize (2011),  the Morton Gould ASCAP Award (2011), first place in the 2015 American Prize in Composition–Chamber Music, San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s New Art Song Competition. Mr. David was the recipient of the 2018 SFCM Hoefer Prize for his accumulative body of work from over the past 10 years.

He has been commissioned by the Juventas Ensemble, SAKURA Cello Quintet, The Sonica Quartet, The Sounding Board, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music New Music Ensemble, the Verona Quartet, Del Sol String Quartet, and the Institute for Jewish Research (YIVO). His music has received repeated national performances and was featured in the 2019 LA Philharmonic’s Noon to Midnight new music festival. 

Derek is currently the musical director and conductor of ‘A Besere Velt’ - אַ בעסערע װעלט, one of three choirs in the world dedicated to the performance and preservation of Yiddish repertoire. ABV proudly promotes a message of economic, racial, and social justice.      

Derek studied composition at The San Francisco Conservatory of Music and received Masters and Doctoral degrees from The New England Conservatory. As an enthusiastic educator, Derek has taught theory and musicianship at the New England Conservatory, The Boston Conservatory at Berklee, at The Walden School, and was previously a Teaching Fellow at Harvard University. He is currently Lecturer in Music at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For his work at Harvard, Dr. David is a five-time recipient of the Distinction in Teaching Award. His areas of interest extend to Medieval theory and musicology, The Beatles, and music of the Yiddish world.

Share Print Save To My Calendar
Sat, June 25 2022 26 Sivan 5782