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News Highlights Hebrew College Names Rabbi Justin David as New Dean

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NEWTON, MA (February 23, 2023) — Hebrew College today announced that Rabbi Justin David, currently the senior rabbi at Congregation B’nai Israel in Northampton, MA, has been named as the next Dean of the Rabbinical School. Rabbi David succeeds Rabbi Daniel Judson and will transition into his new role on July 1, 2023.

“I’m thrilled and honored to welcome Rabbi Justin David to Hebrew College as a thought partner and a member of our academic leadership team,” noted Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld, President of the College. “He brings more than twenty years of rabbinic experience in a vibrant and creative congregational setting, a passion for rabbinic and cantorial education, and a commitment to a blend of intellectual rigor, spiritual depth, social responsibility, and concern for the quality of human relationships that is a perfect fit for the Hebrew College community.”

A graduate of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies and Jewish Theological Seminary of America, where he was ordained in 1999, Rabbi David served as the senior rabbi at Congregation B’nai Israel for 21 years and is currently finishing his doctorate in education at JTS. The new dean said of his time at CBI, “The community profoundly shaped me as a rabbi and as a person. As a community always looking for deeper meaning, deeper moral purpose in the world, and one that resists the kind of habitual norms that constrain all organizations, my congregants have oriented the way I understand rabbinical leadership as an enterprise of purpose.”

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