About Rabbi David


Hidary 3Rabbi David Markus, a founding builder at Bayit: Building Jewish, brings extensive experience as pulpit rabbi, lawyer, public official, educator and nonprofit leader.  He is rabbi and music director of Temple Beth El of City Island (New York, NY); past co-chair of ALEPH; faculty at the Academy for Jewish Religion, and faculty in spiritual direction for the ALEPH seminary; and blogger for multiple platforms (AJR Faculty Blog, My Jewish LearningThe Wisdom DailyThe Forward, Jewish Week / Times of Israel.)

35511199_2107041326202268_6810468940494405632_oA fellow of Rabbis Without Borders, David publishes widely on governance, management, liturgy and spiritual development in Jewish contexts, and has an active spiritual direction practice specializing in clergy development.  By day, David presides in the New York courts in a parallel public service career that has also included presidential campaigns, all branches and levels of government, and graduate faculty in government and public administration for Fordham and Pace Universities.  David holds dual ordination as rabbi and mashpia (spiritual director) from ALEPH; a Juris Doctor magna cum laude from Harvard Law School; and a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, which named David a global “Innovator in Public Service.”

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