Rabbi David Gelfand arrived at Temple Israel of the City of New York in June, 2007, having previously served congregations in East Hampton, NY, Cleveland, OH, Trenton, NJ and Great Neck, NY. In each, he has created sacred communities committed to individual and communal spirituality, pluralism, and Jewish identity while focused on lifelong learning, social justice, inclusion, outreach, and tradition as well as ahavat Yisrael and k’lal Yisrael.
He has led over 1,000 people to Israel and also led multiple Jewish heritage trips to Eastern Europe (8), Cuba (5), Spain/Morocco, the Baltics, Argentina (6), Chile (3) and Brazil (3). He helped found and served as national Vice-President of The Interfaith Alliance in Washington, DC for 18 years. He also is a member of the National Council of AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) and has been active in a number of Zionist & Israeli organizations and institutions. He currently serves on the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s Board of Governors and on their President’s Rabbinic Council, as well has been Co-Chair of the WUPJ Rabbinic Council, a member of their International Assembly and previously WUPJ, North American Vice-President. He helped found and served as a national Vice-President of the Interfaith Alliance, Washington, DC for 18 years.
He and his wife, Kathy, a gifted stylist and jewelry designer, and their four children, son-in-law and two grandchildren all reside in NYC & East Hampton.