Rabbi David Evan Markus is co-chair of ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal, the umbrella organization for the Jewish Renewal movement, and co-rabbi of Temple Beth-El of City Island (New York City, New York). An alum of Rabbis Without Borders, David received dual ordination as rabbi and mashpia ruchani (spiritual director) from ALEPH, and serves as faculty in spiritual direction and rabbinics in the ALEPH Ordination Programs. David’s commentaries on Jewish life appear in Sh'ma Magazine, Moment, Jerusalem Report and Velveteen Rabbi; his academic research focuses on Jewish liturgy, spiritual direction and clergy spiritual formation. In secular life, David presides as judicial referee in New York Supreme Court, 9th Judicial District, and thus is among the few U.S. pulpit rabbis also to hold public office. His previous public service posts include senior counsel to the New York State Senate, special counsel to the Chief Judge of New York, and senior law clerk to the New York Court of Appeals. He also served as faculty in graduate public administration at Pace University and political science faculty at Fordham University. David earned his Juris Doctor magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, his Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and his Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude from Williams College.
Articles by David Markus
Years later, we forget about 9/11 until something – a picture, a story, a smell or a day on the calendar – reminds us where we were, even who we were.