Rabbi David Baum

 

Shalom! My name is David Baum and I am honored to serve as the Rabbi of Congregation Shaarei Kodesh. 

Rabbi David Baum"My sacred task as rabbi is to ignite the God-given hidden spark (Or HaGanuz) within each person, and connect this light to others through building spiritual community. The tool of ignition, inspiration, and agitation is our Torah, 70 Faces and all, and my task is make Torah come alive (through diverse venues) in the present so it will live in the future. I seek to be a madrich/guide and leader who can help others traverse through the windy pathways of life. I strive to connect to my congregants and students through our stories, finding each other within our own narratives and journeys." 

BIOGRAPHY:

MY JOURNEYS

Rabbi David Baum has served as Rabbi of Congregation Shaarei Kodesh since the summer of 2009. Rabbi Baum graduated from the Rabbinical school at The Jewish Theological Seminary and received his Master’s Degree in Jewish Education from the Davidson School in May 2009.

Rabbi Baum was born and raised in South Florida attending Conservative Synagogues in both Miami and Plantation. During his childhood, Rabbi Baum was very involved in his synagogue, serving as president of his USY chapter. He attended the University of Florida where he graduated with a Bachelors degree in Psychology and a minor in business administration. While at school, he engaged in leadership roles at the University of Florida Hillel and with Koach, the Conservative Movement’s college outreach movement. During his summers at school, Rabbi Baum worked at one of the Conservative Movement’s summer camps, Ramah Darom, the center for Southern Jewry. Rabbi Baum spent nine summers on staff at Camp Ramah Darom working closely with one of his mentors, founding director, Rabbi Loren Sykes.

Before entering rabbinical school, Rabbi Baum spent a year in Jerusalem learning at the Conservative Yeshiva. He has enjoyed many diverse opportunities as a student where he found his Rabbinic voice including working as a student Rabbi in Norwalk, Connecticut and in Fitzgerald, Georgia; working as a teacher in both Hebrew schools and adult education programs; developing his passion for social justice through his involvement as a Seminary Summer Intern with Interfaith Worker Justice and The Seminary Leadership Project through the Jewish Organizing Institute and Network (JOIN for Justice); working as a program director for a teen interfaith program at Auburn Theological Seminary; and returning to the University of Florida where he served as a campus rabbi during his last year of Rabbinical school. Along with his passion for Judaism, Rabbi Baum enjoys traveling, journaling, photography, and fervently following his favorite South Florida sports teams and the Florida Gators.

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BLOGS AND PUBLICATIONS

Times of Israel 

Blog:  Mizmor L'David - Songs Of The Heart from Rabbi David Baum

NATIONAL AND COMMUNAL INVOLVEMENT

  • Palm Beach Board of Rabbis:  Former Recording Secretary; Current Vice President and Incoming President of the Palm Beach Board of Rabbis (2011-present)
  • Board member of the Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center

The Rabbinical Assembly

  • Former president of the Southeast Region of the Rabbinical Assembly (2012-2016)
  • Social Justice Commission
  • Co-Chair of the Rabbinical Assembly's Resolutions Committee (2016)

Clergy Leadership Incubator (CLAL)

  • The Clergy Leadership Incubator (CLI) is a two-year program to support and encourage early career congregational rabbis (years 2 to 10) in the areas of innovative thinking, change management and institutional transformation.
  • One of 20 rabbis nationwide as part of Cohort 2

SERMONS

 

FAMILY

Rabbi Baum was married to his wife Alissa in August 2006, shortly before they spent a year in Jerusalem. Alissa was also born and raised in South Florida and has completed her doctorate in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University.  Dr. Baum is currently working at the Renfrew Center, an eating disorder treatment facility, in Coconut Creek, Florida.

They are the proud parents of two boys and a girl, Avraham (Avi) Jacob, Harrison Eytan and Layla Eden.

Wed, September 20 2017 29 Elul 5777