Director and Head Consultant, Jewish Teen Education Services
Born and raised on Long Island, New York, David discovered his professional interest in Jewish education while working at the URJ’s Greene Family Camp in Texas, where he experienced the power of transformative Jewish experiences in the context of a shared and valued community. David has earned masters degrees from Hebrew Union College in Jewish Education (MAJE) and Communal Service (MAJCS), a masters in Social Work from University of Southern California, and completed course work in a joint Ph.D. program from Jewish Theological Seminary and Columbia Teachers College. In addition, David participated as a fellow and an adjunct faculty member at the Institute for Informal Jewish Education (IJE) through Brandeis University.
David has served many of Southern California’s Jewish institutions over his two decades in Jewish Education. David has served as Associate Director of the Wilshire Blvd. Temple Camps, Director of Student Life and Milken Community High School, and CEO of the Bureau of Jewish Education Orange County. David is excited to join the BJELA team, and bringing his diverse institutional background back to the Los Angeles Jewish community.
David’s greatest inspiration comes from his relationship with his family. David’s beloved wife, Rabbi Leah Lewis, serves as the Associate Rabbi of Congregation Shir Ha-Ma’alot in Irvine. Their 3 children, Gabriel, Jonah and Nomi, fill his life with joy and just the right amount of chaos. David also has passions for music, cinema, and guitar.