Rabbi David

Rabbi, educator and LGBT+ advocate, David has been a member of our rabbinic team since 2011, heading up our membership, strategy, parallel services and festival provision. Before coming to West London Synagogue, Rabbi David served as a Rabbi and Director of Education for Radlett Reform Synagogue and Finchley Reform Synagogue.  
Ordained at Leo Baeck College in 2009, David has since 2015 been a member of faculty, assisting rabbinic students with their vocational training. Alongside his teaching, David is an enthusiastic student of biblical narrative. He was awarded a distinction for his rabbinic thesis, which explored the theme of sexual violence against men in the Book of Genesis. Currently, he is researching for a PhD in Bible and Gender as a continuation of his MA degrees in Jewish Education and Jewish Studies. 
Rabbi David was raised in an Orthodox home and discovered Progressive Judaism as an undergraduate at St Peter’s College, Oxford. His journey into the rabbinate has been a re-discovery of an ‘Inclusive Judaism’, this being the title of his forthcoming book with Rabbi Jonathan Romain (publication date: Jan 2020). His previous publication was Terror, Trauma and Tragedy (2016), co-edited with Rabbi Jonathan Romain.  
David works to make each person feel at home in the Jewish world. He champions changes within the Assembly of Reform Rabbis UK, including chairing the working parties on Inherited Status and Mixed Heritage Wedding Celebrations. He was the founding co-chair of Keshet UK and is an advocate for same-sex couples.   
As well as being a vegetarian, animal lover (he is working on a pet prayerbook), and keen gardener, David is a patron of Save the Congo, and an active trustee of JAT (formerly the Jewish Aids Trust). He and his husband, Ian, were one of the first same-sex Jewish couples in the UK to tie the knot. 
 To contact Rabbi David please call 020 7535 0279 or contact his PA, Jenny Browning, on 020 7535 0273.

Rabbi David's Thought for the Week - 4 September 2020