Rabbi David Abramson
Rabbi David L. Abramson has been appointed to lead Tikvat Israel Congregation through its 12 months of transition following the retirement of Rabbi Howard D. Gorin on June 30, 2012, following 32 years of service.
Rabbi Abramson brings nearly 30 years of pulpit service and substantial pastoral experiences with him to Tikvat Israel. He has served as the top spiritual leader at four synagogues (Temple Sinai, Marblehead, Mass.; B’nai Emet Synagogue, St. Louis Park, Minn.; Temple B’nai Abraham, Beverly, Mass.; and Agudath B’nai Israel, Lorain, Ohio) and as assistant rabbi at a fourth (Congregation Anshei Israel, Tucson, Ariz.) in a career that began with his ordination by the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1984.
Since moving to the Washington area in 2009, he has served as a chaplain with the Jewish Social Service Agency and the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington, where he had led religious services and provided pastoral care. In addition, he teaches rabbinics to secondary school students at the Shoresh Hebrew High School in Chevy Chase, Md., and serves Congregation Beth El in Bethesda, Md., as adjunct rabbi.
A Bethesda resident, Abramson earned his undergraduate degree as a philosophy major at University of Maryland. He earned board certification as a clinical chaplain in 2011 from the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy.
As interim rabbi, he will serve as the congregation’s bridge between Rabbi Gorin and a permanent successor, who will assume duties on July 1, 2013. Abramson will officiate at two Shabbat services each month at TI, hold weekly office hours and be available to congregants for pastoral support.
Read Rabbi Abramson's High Holiday sermons delivered for the year 5773, corresponding to 2012:
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- Simhah shel Mitzvah, Rosh Hashanah 1, September 17, 2012
- When the Earth Opens Up Beneath Your Feet, Rosh Hashanah 2, September 18, 2012
- Yom Kippur: A Day of Forgiveness, Rosh Hashanah 2, September 25, 2012
- Duchaning: A Priestly Anachronism or a Timeless Ritual?, Rosh Hashanah 2, September 26, 2012