Reb David Markus, in Colorado.
David Markus is a senior rabbinic student in the ALEPH rabbinic program (the trans-denominational rabbinic program of ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal) and serves as Associate Spiritual Leader of Temple Beth-El of City Island (New York City, New York). Reb David is known for his joyful passion for Jewish expression in many forms — traditional and innovative liturgy, classical and modern music, spiritual poetry, uplifting text study and heart-centered humor.
Reb David came to Temple Beth-El as rabbinic intern in 2009 while studying with Rabbi Shohama in the ALEPH Rabbinical Ordination Program, a “seminary without walls” emphasizing Jewish spirituality. After he completed his rabbinical internship, the community voted to promote him to Associate Spiritual Leader in 2011. Reb David now co-leads services with Rabbi Shohama, and officiates at community celebrations and life cycle events. Scheduled for rabbinical ordination in January 2015, Reb David earned smicha as mashpia (spiritual director) from ALEPH’s Hashpa’ah (spiritual direction) program effective January 2014. Reb David also is an alum of CLAL’s trans-denominational Rabbis Without Borders and an officer of the ALEPH Board of Directors. He has taught at OHALAH, the trans-denominational association of Jewish clergy for Jewish Renewal, and was published by the prestigious Shma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas.
In the secular world, Reb David is a full-time attorney. He currently serves as Judicial Referee in New York Supreme Court. His prior positions include Deputy Counsel under New York Chief Judges Jonathan Lippman and Judith Kaye, Senior Counsel to the New York State Senate Majority, Deputy Director for Voter Protection of a major presidential campaign, counsel in a regional law firm specializing in estate planning and disability law, senior law clerk with the New York Court of Appeals, legislative director in the New York State Assembly, and policy associate to environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
Reb David has taught graduate public administration at Pace University, and undergraduate political science and public policy at Fordham and Pace Universities. He has been a regular lecturer in continuing legal and judicial education programs across New York State.
Reb David also is an accomplished vocalist, pianist, composer and director, as well as a poet. (His first book of Torah poems is in the works.)
Reb David earned his Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude from Williams College; his Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, which named him Wilmers Fellow for State and Local Government; and his Juris Doctor magna cum laude from Harvard Law School.
Reb David lives in Westchester and divides his time between Westchester, Manhattan and Albany.