About Rabbi David Kalb

Rabbi David Kalb Rabbi David Kalb is the Director of Jewish Education for the Bronfman Center for Jewish Life at the 92nd Street Y. At the 92Y Rabbi Kalb directs and teaches a variety of different learning programs for a range of ages. He also officiates at Jewish life cycle events and serves as a Jewish resource to the entire professional staff and lay leadership of the 92Y. A true pluralist, Rabbi Kalb works and learns with the entire Jewish Community and with people of all faiths and no faith, by linking tradition with modern experience. His goal is to bring Judaism into all aspects of life, believing that Judaism has to be a holistic experience that can operate in the real world, not just in the Synagogue. Rabbi Kalb approaches scholarship as a living part of Jewish experience. In addition to his work with the 92nd Street Y, Rabbi Kalb is an Associate faculty member of CLAL – The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership and a Senior Rabbinic Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute. Past academic experiences also include: adjunct faculty member at the Academy for Jewish Religion, Touro Colleague and at Norwalk Community College; and guest lecturer at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School. He has lectured at a number of different synagogues, federations, Jewish Community Centers and institutions including the Skirball Center for Adult Jewish Learning at Temple Emanu-El, JCC of Manhattan, Florence Melton Adult Mini-School, Limmud England, Limmud NY. Lishmah New York, Kollel at Hebrew Union College, Edah, JOFA and the Yemei Iyun on Tanakh at YCT Rabbinical School. His articles have appeared in Jewcy, New York Jewish Week, JTA, Manhattan Jewish Sentinel, Long Island Jewish World and the New Jersey Jewish Standard. He has also directed a number of research projects and developed curricula for a variety of diverse Jewish institutions on pluralism, politics, education, social action, Israel, Zionism and end of life issues. He is currently writing a book called New Paradigms in Spirituality. Rabbi Kalb is the founding Rabbi of Yavneh-The Jewish Living Project, a Minyan on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. As the Rabbi of Yavneh he is a member of the Synagogue 3000 Working Group, a select group of Jewish leaders who are committed to the establishment of transformative spiritual communities. Previously, Rabbi Kalb was the Rabbi of Beit Chaverim Synagogue in Westport, CT and Assistant Rabbi of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale. Rabbi Kalb received his B.A. through the Joint Program between Columbia University and The Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and his rabbinic ordination from Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Rosh Hayeshiva of Yeshivat Hamivtar in Efrat. He has also studied at Hebrew University, Shalom Hartman Institute and the Meorot Fellowship.

The Story of Torah is the Story of A Journey

By November 5, 2009

Genesis 12:1 begins the story of the birth of the Jewish nation, and it is a rather unusual birth. God commands Avram: "Go for yourself (Lech Lecha) from your land, from your relatives, and from your father’s house to the … Read More

The Sweeter Side of Sin

By September 10, 2009

The Talmud Yoma [86b] says, "Great is teshuvah [repentance] for because of it zdonote [intentional sins] can be counted as zechuyote [merits counted in our favor when God judges us]." How can this be? You can do teshuvah, be forgiven, … Read More

Murder By the Tabernacle

By August 25, 2009

In Numbers 25:6-13 the Kohain (Priest) Pinchas kills Zimri, a male Israelite, and Cozbi, a Midianite woman, stabbing them with a spear through their bellies while Cozbi and Zimri were having sexual relations in public – in front of Moses … Read More