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Our Rabbi - Rabbi Braham David

Rabbi Braham David received his ordination and a master’s degree in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) in New York. Rabbi David is the son and son-in-law of retired Reform Rabbis. Rabbi Sion David, the first Bene Israel Jew from India to received rabbinic ordination, served as a congregational rabbi and chaplain in Western Pennsylvania, and Rabbi Herman Blumberg is rabbi emeritus of Temple Shir Tikva in Wayland, MA. 

From 2003 to 2022, Rabbi David served as Rabbi of Temple Shalom in Medford, MA, a welcoming egalitarian Conservative congregation. While there, he led the visioning and implementation of the synagogue’s successful renewal process, focused on the integration of young families and dynamic interfaith outreach initiatives. Rabbi David guided the revitalization and exponential growth of the temple’s religious school, B'nai Mitzvah program, and other major projects including the renovation of the sanctuary. He was also an active member of the Medford, MA interfaith clergy group. 

For the past 15 years, Rabbi David has also served as Executive Director of the Jewish Discovery Institute (JDI), a flagship introduction to Judaism and interfaith outreach program serving the Greater Boston Area. In this leadership role, he has guided over 400 Jews by choice on their Jewish journeys, advised numerous area synagogues on best practices for interfaith family inclusion, taught courses on basic Judaism, and helped lead interfaith outreach workshops for Jewish professionals and lay leaders. 

In recognition of his leadership in interfaith outreach and inclusion, Rabbi David was selected as a member of the inaugural cohort of the Rukin Rabbinic Fellows program with 18 Doors (formerly Interfaith Family). He has studied at the Shalom Hartman, Schechter, and Pardes Institutes in Jerusalem, and the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. In 2016, Rabbi David was invited by the German Consulate of Boston to join a mission called "Remembrance and Hope: A Journey of Boston Rabbis to Germany." He has served on the executive committee of the Massachusetts Board of Rabbis, and on advisory boards for 18 Doors, Mayyim Hayyim, CJP, and currently serves on the Racial Justice Subcommittee of the Rabbinical Assembly.

Rabbi David resides with his wife, Naomi Blumberg, and children Asha and Pukar in Lexington, MA. He enjoys traveling, spending time in the Berkshires, and helping raise future guide dogs with Naomi.  

Tue, August 16 2022 19 Av 5782