Rabbinic CV

DAVID EVAN MARKUS
davidevanmarkus@gmail.com

SEMINARY: 

ALEPH: THE SEMINARY OF JEWISH RENEWAL, 2008-2014, Philadelphia, PA

Rabbinic Ordination (January 2015)                            

Beit Din: Rabbis Drs. Leila Gal Berner, Steven Silvern, Shohama Wiener
Teshuvah: The Halachic Duty to Vote (Advisor: Rabbi Daniel Siegel)
Honors: President, ALEPH Student Organization
               Fellow, CLAL Rabbis Without Borders
CPE Unit: Stamford Hospital, Stamford, CT
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Israel Term: Conservative Yeshiva, Jerusalem


ALEPH: THE SEMINARY OF JEWISH RENEWAL2011-2013, Philadelphia, PA

Spiritual Director Ordination (January 2014)                       

Beit Din: Rabbis Shohama Wiener, Nadya Gross, Shawn Zevit


LEADERSHIP:

ALEPH: ALLIANCE FOR JEWISH RENEWAL, 2012-present, Philadelphia, PA

Co-Chair (2015-18)                            
Vice Chair & General Counsel (2014-15); Finance Chair (2012-14)     
Executive of Jewish Renewal movement’s umbrella organization.   

  • Devised and executed international listening tour and strategic plan after founder’s death.
  • Presided over growing institutional advancement initiative and executive director search.
  • Established successful multi-year budgeting and program planning/evaluation systems.
  • Supervised all aspects of legal affairs, including contracting and intellectual property.

TEMPLE BETH-EL OF CITY ISLAND, 2011-present, New York, NY

Co-Rabbi (2015-present); Associate Spiritual Leader (2011-14)   
Co-leader of independent synagogue emphasizing music and heart-centered spirituality.

  • Expanded active membership roll by 40%.
  • Led Shabbat, festival and holiday observances.
  • Led instruction and engagement with b’nai mitzvah and adult education programming.

PUBLICATIONS:

    • Rabbis Without Borders, syndicated blog for My Jewish Learning (2014-present)
    • The Jewish Studio, staff blog for flagship cultural initiative (2015-present)
    • “Illness and Healing: Beacons of Meaning,” B. Blech & M. Cohen (eds.), Search for Meaning, New Matrix Publ., vol. 7 (2018)
    • “Choosing the Chosen: A Jewish Duty to Vote,” B. Blech & M. Cohen (eds.), U’vacharta, New Matrix Publ., vol. 8 (2018)
    • “A Most Humble Servant,” in G. Milgram & S. Wiener (eds.), The Wisdom of Reb Zalman, Reclaiming Judaism Press (2017)
    • “And I Will Bless Them: Becoming Channels for Divine Flow” (with S. Wiener),
      B. Blech & M. Cohen (eds.), Birkat Kohanim, New Matrix Publ., vol. 3 (2016)
    • Renewing Renewal: The Next Turning of ALEPH and Jewish Renewal (with R. Barenblat),
      ALEPH Jewish Renewal Press & Kol ALEPH (2016)
    • “Forgetfulness: The Human Condition,” The People & The Book: Jerusalem Report
      J-Post Press, vol. 26:21, 47 (January 2016)
    • “Ask the Rabbi: Responsibility for Syrian Refugees,” Moment Magazine
    • “Seminary and Soul: Spiritual Education Without Walls for the 21st Century,”
      H. Herring & E. Roscher (eds.), Keeping the Faith in Rabbis: A Community Conversation About Rabbinical Education, Avenida Press (online ed. 2015)
    • “Four Eclipses: Four Worlds, Four Holidays, Four Holy Perspective Shifts” (with R. Barenblat), Kol ALEPH (April 2014)
    • “What Walls Must Fall: A Teaching for 17 Tammuz,” Kol ALEPH (August 2014)
    • For the Sake of Ascent: A Siddur for Tisha b’Av (2014)
    • “Embodying the Guidance of Spirit: A Conversation with Eve Ilsen” (with S. Wiener), Presence: International Journal of Spiritual Direction, vol. 20:2 (2014)
    • “Congregational Hineni,” in R. Barenblat (ed.), Days of Awe: Machzor for the
      Jewish High Holy Days, Velveteen Press (2014)
    • “Facing God in Our Own Language,” Sh’ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas 44:12 (2013)
    • “Transpersonal Vidui,” Ritualwell.org (2013)

      PEDAGOGY:

      Permanent Faculty in Spiritual Direction, ALEPH Ordination Program (2015-present)

      Rabbinics Instructor, ALEPH Ordination Program

  • “Illness and Healing: Sacred Text and Spiritual Practice” (summer term 2016)
  • “Angels in the Field: Sacred Text and Spiritual Practice” (summer term 2015)
  • “Meditation and Esoteric Practice in Jewish Tradition” (summer term 2014)

Teaching Assistant (R. Sami Barth), ALEPH Ordination Program

  • “Liturgy of the Life Cycle” (spring term 2011)
  • “Liturgy of Shabbat v’Chol” (fall term 2010)

CONFERENCES: 

Limmud New York: Stamford, CT (2016)

  • “The Devil You Know: The Evolution of Ha-Satan in Jewish Textual History”

Rabbis Without Borders: Reisterstown, MD (2016)

  • “The Innovation Ecosystem: Strategy and Serendipity”

Routes Convocation: University of Maryland, College Park, MD (2015)

  • “Jewish Angelology: Sacred Text and Spiritual Practice”
  • “The Devil You Know: The Evolution of Ha-Satan in Jewish Textual History”

NewCAJE: University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT (2015)

  • “Sounds of Silence: Texts and Textures”
  • “Story and Spirit: Modern Maggidut for the Jewish Educator”
  • “Prayer, Not Performance – Sh’ma as Spiritual Ascent”

Routes Convocation: American University, Washington, DC (2014)

  • “The Duty to Vote: Jewish Law in History and Modernity”
  • “Imagery and Prayer in Jewish Tradition”
  • “Sounds of Silence: Texts and Textures”

OHALAH (Association of Rabbis for Jewish Renewal): Broomfield, CO (2013)

  • “The Modern Clergy’s Internet Pastoral Toolkit”

SHABBATONIM:

Congregation Beth Israel (Reform-Renewal): North Adams, MA (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
Beth El of Montgomery County (Conservative): Bethesda, MD (2014, 2015)
Pleasantville Community Synagogue (Independent): Pleasantville, NY (2015)
Congregation Kol Haneshamah (Reconstructionist): Sarasota, FL (2014)


ASSOCIATIONS:

Board of Rabbis, Westchester County (New York)
OHALAH: Association of Rabbis for Jewish Renewal
Spiritual Directors International


SKILLS:

Music – voice, keyboard, nusach, composition
Spiritual direction – individual and group
Kabbalah – mysticism and meditation
Governance – nonprofit finance and administration, strategic communications

 

REFERENCES AND SECULAR RESUME AVAILABLE ON REQUEST