Rabbi Braham David was born in Paisley, Scotland, and grew up in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Rabbi David is the son and son-in-law of Reform rabbis but found his own spiritual home in the Conservative movement.
Rabbi David completed his undergraduate studies at Indiana University in 1991 majoring in History with an Area Certificate in Jewish Studies and Minor in East Asian Studies, then spent a year studying at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. Upon his return, he entered the Davidson School of Jewish Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he received a Masters of Arts in Jewish Education in 1997 focusing on Jewish day school education. Rabbi David entered rabbinical school and was ordained in 2003. While at the Jewish Theological Seminary, Rabbi David had diverse experiences, including internships at nursing homes, hospitals, a Jewish Day school, Hebrew schools, a synagogue, Hofstra University Hillel, and Camp Ramah in New England.
Rabbi David has served at Temple Shalom of Medford since 2003, where he has developed many programs, including Dor Hadash, or “New Generations”, a program to connect Jews in their twenties and thirties to Jewish life as well as adult and family education programs. Rabbi David is very active in the Massachusetts Board of Rabbis, and is a member of Keshet Rabbis, a list of gay-friendly Conservative rabbis.
Rabbi David is also the director of the Jewish Discovery Institute, a joint venture of the New England regions of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and the Rabbinical Assembly. The Jewish Discovery Institute (JDI) offers programs and workshops focused on keruv, the welcoming of interfaith families into Conservative congregations. The JDI also offers a program for those seeking conversion to Judaism (gerim).
Rabbi David can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.