About Rabbi David

Rabbi David Markus, a founding builder at Bayit: Your Jewish Home, brings extensive experience as pulpit rabbi, lawyer, public official, educator and nonprofit leader.  He is co-rabbi of Temple Beth El of City Island (New York, NY); past co-chair of ALEPH (the Jewish Renewal movement’s umbrella organization); faculty at the Academy for Jewish Religion, and faculty in rabbinics and spiritual direction for the ALEPH seminary; and blogger for multiple national platforms (My Jewish LearningThe Wisdom DailyThe ForwardThe Jewish Studio).  A 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 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.”