Meet Our Rabbinic Intern; David Lerner
David Lerner is a fourth-year rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary; his academic concentration is in the field of Talmud and Rabbinics. In addition to his studies, David has spent three years serving the Pelham Jewish Center in Westchester, in a variety of religious leadership roles. Most of his summers have been spent up at Camp Ramah Canada, creating and implementing camper and staff educational programming. This past year, David was awarded the Tanenbaum Fellowship at Beth Tzedec Congregation in Toronto, through which he received wide-ranging rabbinic training and valuable mentorship; the Fellowship eventually evolved into his current role as their rabbinic intern. David also served as the Resident Director of the List College (JTS/Columbia) undergraduate dorms, where he cultivated and directed a leadership team, and was an adult/rabbinic presence providing guidance to those in need.
Before his studies at the Seminary, David was deeply involved in Jewish communal work in his native city of Detroit. He was the Director of Youth and Young Adult Programming at Congregation Shaarey Zedek, ritual leader and teacher at the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue, sat on the board of Jewish Family Service, served on various community youth and young professional committees, and made house calls as a private tutor in all areas of Judaics.
David’s wife, Alexis, is a Doctoral Candidate in Political Science and Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto, and is currently a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University’s Harriman Center. They have a beautiful baby girl, Magda Rose, who fills them with immense love and joy, while also keeping them quite busy.
David has a deep love and very strong connection to Israel, having lived in Jerusalem twice and having led trips around the country both for teens and young adults. David loves learning and teaching Torah, writing, and spending time with his family. David has a passionate love for Judaism and the Jewish people, and looks forward to learning from, and forming meaningful relationships with, the Bet Torah community.
David will be at Bet Torah on Thursdays and join us monthly to enrich our Shabbat community including teaching in our new Shabbat Kulanu Program for families.