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Rabbi David Eber

Rabbi David Eber joined JRC after graduating from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 2018. He brings with him a passion for teaching, a warm presence, and a desire to help others find meaning in Jewish wisdom and spiritual practices. A graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College he received the Joseph L. and Ann W. Pinkenson Prize in Rabbinics, and the Tikkun Olam Award in 2015 for his work with Philadelphia’s Emerging Religious Leaders.

Rabbi Eber grew up in Salem, Oregon and attended Reconstructionist Congregation Temple Beth Sholom. After earning a BA from the University of Oregon in 2008 with a major in History and a minor in Judaic Studies, he joined AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps, where he worked as an organizer for the Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development (CSED). He remained in New Orleans for an additional three years continuing to work for CSED doing environmental and community organizing.

Rabbi Eber served as a teacher and leader in rabbinical school in a variety of settings: Hillel Rabbinic Intern at Haverford College, Penn State University, and Bucknell University; High Holiday leader at both Reform and Reconstructionist Synagogues; interfaith and climate justice organizer; religious school teacher; youth group coordinator; and camp counselor. In his final year of rabbinical school, he served as the Kleinbaum Rabbinic Intern at the Society for the Advancement of Judaism (SAJ), the original Reconstructionist synagogue in Manhattan.

Rabbi Eber believes and nurtures life-long learning and to that end he is currently earning a Master of Arts in Jewish Education from The Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion, which he will complete in 2022.

In his free time he loves to cook, add to his vinyl record collection, play backgammon and cribbage, and spend time with his partner Jennie and cat Zeek.

Contact Rabbi Eber at assistantrabbi@jrctogether.org.

Rabbi Eber leads our religious school with so much thoughtfulness! His ideas and his teachings are helping my children to become deeper thinkers about what their Judaism means to them. This is nothing like the dull religious school of my childhood – there’s so much art, activity, discussion, and creativity!

JRC Member

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I feel so blessed to work in a dynamic Reconstructionist community, where people are dedicated to innovative approaches to Jewish life and learning, and deeply committed to building a community of meaning.
David Eber

Assistant Rabbi for Education