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Associate Rabbi and Acting Educator David E. Levy

Rabbi David E. Levy was ordained by Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR)in New York and joined Westchester Reform Temple in July 2012. Rabbi Levy grew up in a small town in Connecticut, before attending Drexel University where he earned his BS in Information Systems, Magna Cum Laude.

While pursuing his undergraduate degree, it became clear to him that his passion lay in working with the Jewish people, and not in a cubicle. He then served as a Jewish Campus Service Corps Fellow as part of a communal engagement program, at Hillel of the University of Connecticut, before beginning his studies at HUC-JIR in 2006. Due to his passion for education, Rabbi Levy studied for an extra year, and earned an MA in Religious Education while at HUC-JIR. Education of people of all ages has been a cornerstone of Rabbi Levy's work throughout his seminary internships. He has served at a variety of congregations, including Temple Emeth, Teaneck, NJ, the Village Temple, New York, NY, Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple, New Brunswick, NJ and most recently Temple B'nai Jeshurun of Short Hills, NJ, and was a part of the clergy and educational team at each congregation.  
 
Rabbi Levy has loved being a part of the WRT congregational community. He is married to Kate Stambler Levy and lives in Westchester along with their sons Benjamin & Micah.     

 

Selected sermons and writings:

Davar Acher: Defining the Boundaries of the First Day

Sukkot 5777: Living with Vulnerability and Impermanence

Yom Kippur 5777: Do I Matter?

Yom Kippur 5776I Am Not a Mistake

Yom Kippur 5775: Secrets

Yom Kippur 5774: Finding our Callings

Preemptive Actions and their Place in Our Society, Parashat Mishpatim
February 8, 2013 28 Shevat 5773

Rosh Hashanah Evening 5773: I and Thou in the Era of Google Glasses

Capstone: Kiddush Levana: Creating Holy Space for Men
This education capstone is designed to reach out to men in their 20's and 30's who are wondering whether Judaism has a place for them. It is designed as an 9 session program, each session building upon the one before it. The key value of this program is to encourage men in their 20's and 30's that Judaism has a place for them, and that they can take ownership over their Jewish experience.
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Never was and Never Will Be: Thesis Paper 1
In my text immersion, I studied 30 dapim of Masekhet Sanhedrin from the Babylonian Talmud, and I wrote my first paper on what initially appears to be a decision by the Rabbis to cut something out of the tradition. I studied the potential ramifications of this argumentation, and determined how the Rabbis responded to texts they found abhorrent.
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Sermon: Parashat Pekudei
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Sermon: Parashat Tazria
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Mandel Fellowship Article
As a part of the Mandel Fellowship I was asked to reflect on how it influenced my thinking about leadership in the most recent HUC Chronicle.The full article focuses on the breadth of my Jewish experience, and discusses the experiences I went through on the fellowship.
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