From day one, David was warm, welcoming, professional and, most importantly, made a concerted effort to understand our family and make a connection with our son, Joshua. David’s commitment made our experience unique. His approach to teaching/tutoring was innovative and well rounded, not to mention progressive and tech savvy. He was extremely receptive to our vision, adapting our service by incorporating both traditional and contemporary Jewish customs. Joshua was given the opportunity to have ownership of every aspect of the celebration. It was important for Joshua to have a small intimate setting. We invited only immediate family and close friends. This is where David completely rose to the occasion. He designed and personalized the siddur and we had the most inclusive Bar Mitzvah imaginable. There were quite a few non Jewish guests and throughout the celebration David’s keen ability to bestow wisdom and give significance and meaning through story telling and great humor was remarkable. We are still receiving kudos from relatives and friends. It is our honor and privilege to recommend Reb David: we are looking forward to our next Bar Mitzvah!
— The Myers Family (New York, NY)
David was an amazing officiant and master of ceremonies at our 2011 wedding. As secular Jews who cherish both humanistic values and our Jewish heritage, we came to David hoping for a ceremony that would reflect our particular beliefs and values. As we realized from the first time we sat down together – a two-hour lunch at a Thai restaurant in lower Manhattan – David would not have wanted it any other way. An attentive listener and engaging interlocutor, David encouraged our input and creativity while also challenging us to think hard about which aspects of a traditional Jewish wedding we did – and did not – want to include in our ceremony. Over the course of several meetings, we felt that David made a concerted effort to get to know us and to learn about our families and personal stories. At the ceremony itself, David was a warm presence, and we and our families were delighted with the ceremony he crafted. One highlight came when, as we stood beneath the Huppah, David asked us to close our eyes, breath and take in the moment, something we both found grounding and affirming. Another came when David, who has a beautiful voice, sang a brief prayer, something many of our guests later told us was moving and transporting. We were very lucky to find him, and highly recommend him to anyone looking for an officiant or rabbi.
— Eyal and Mireille (New York, NY)
David conducted a beautiful and meaningful bat mitzvah service for our daughter. Our friends of all religions commented it was one of the nicest services they had ever been to and more important they now understood all the traditions of a bat mitzvah. Along the way, David was patient ith our daughter and nicely encouraged her to truly interpret and understand what she was learning. He drew her out with inquiring questions and teased out her answers. In addition, our daughter is a dancer taking seven classes a week. Working with David allowed us the flexibility to fit in sessions around her schedule reducing stress for her and for us.
— Barri Rafferty (Greenwich, CT)
We can’t tell you how many people commented on how they enjoyed the [February 2012] wedding you officiated for us — how it struck the right tone and how inclusive it was. We appreciate the effort you made to tailor it to what we’d find meaningful given our individual propensities, while maintaining the core of tradition we were looking for.
— R.F. & F.T. (New York, NY)
In the late 1990s, my husband and I sought a Jewish spiritual leader willing to work with my husband’s (Roman Catholic) priest. We called on David in hopes that we could all find common ground. What was achieved was so much more. David worked with our priest to craft and officiate a simple, heartfelt and meaningful wedding — one that didn’t just accommodate our faiths but also warmly embraced and celebrated them. We were honored to have David’s leadership, wisdom and good humor.
— Cynthia Sharpe (Overland Park, KS)