About Rabbi David

DavidEMarkus_0Rabbi David Evan Markus
served from 2015-to 2017 as co-chair of ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal with Rabbi Rachel Barenblat. He brings to his rabbinate extensive background in Judaics, governance and management. David earned ordination as mashpia (spiritual director) in January 2014 and as rabbi in January 2015, both from ALEPH. David serves as spiritual leader of Temple Beth-El of City Island (New York NY) with Rabbi Shohama Harris Wiener. An alum of CLAL’s Rabbis Without Borders and curated blogger for My Jewish Learning, David’s academic work on liturgy and spiritual education have been published in New Matrix Publications, Shma Magazine, Avenida Books and Velveteen Rabbi. David has taught at OHALAH, Routes, Fordham University, Pace University, and Limmud, among other places. In secular life, David presides as judicial referee in New York Supreme Court, Ninth Judicial District. Previously, David served as special counsel to the Chief Judge of New York, senior counsel to the New York Senate, state deputy director of voter protection for a major presidential campaign, policy associate to environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., and director of a healthcare advocacy nonprofit. David earned his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School, Master in Public Policy from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and Bachelor of Arts from Williams College.