Rabbi David Lerner is currently the Rabbinic Intern at Beth Tzedec. In 2018, David was awarded the Tanenbaum Fellowship at Beth Tzedec, which eventually evolved into the John and Mollie Pollock Rabbinic Internship. In each of these roles, he received wide-ranging rabbinic training and valuable mentorship. In 2019-2020, David has extended his internship with a renewed focus on young family engagement.
David is in his final year of rabbinical studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary, with an academic concentration in the field of Talmud and Rabbinics. During his studies, David spent three years serving the Pelham Jewish Center in Westchester, and one year at Bet Torah in Mount Kisco, New York, in a variety of religious leadership roles. David has spent many summers at Camp Ramah Canada, creating and implementing camper and staff educational programming.
Before his studies at the Seminary, David was very active in his native city of Detroit. He served as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Programming at Congregation Shaarey Zedek, was ritual leader and teacher at the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue, sat on the board of Jewish Family Service and on various community youth and young professional committees and made house calls as a private tutor in all areas of Judaics. During this time, he enriched his learning and religious/spiritual practice by taking a year to study at Darche Noam Yeshiva in Jerusalem.
David lives in Toronto with his wife and two children. His wife, Alexis, is a Doctoral Candidate in Political Science and Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto and has held Visiting Scholar positions at Columbia University and at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Alexis was also the Director of Research for Stanford’s U.S.-Russia Forum. They are blessed with two beautiful children, Magda Rose and Levi, who fill them with immense love and joy, while also keeping them busy.
Rabbi Lerner loves learning and teaching Torah, connecting with community, and spending time with his family. He looks forward to learning from, and forming meaningful relationships with, the Beth Tzedec community.