David Paskin, or Rabbi David as he is known, is an accomplished spiritual leader, singer/songwriter, entertainer, Jewish futurist, social activist, award-winning Jewish educator and founding rabbi of OHEL. Prior to moving to Florida, David served as the rabbi and spiritual leader of Temple Beth Abraham in Canton, Massachusetts for seventeen years. David currently serves as the Director of Youth and Family Engagement at Temple Sinai of North Dade and as the Educational Director of the Institute of Jewish Knowledge and Learning in Broward County. David loves spending his summers as Rosh Musica (Music Director) at Camp Ramah Darom in Georgia.
A graduate of Brandeis University (1993) and the Academy for Jewish Religion (2002), David has been working in the Jewish world for over two decades teaching at various religious schools, day schools, and camps around the country. In the Boston area, David served as Music and Judaics Director of Grossman Camp, as Judaic Studies Coordinator of the Rashi School of Greater Boston and as co-head of school at Kehillah Schechter Academy.
David has taught and performed at a number of conferences including the Shefa Network, CAJE, the National JEA Convention, the UAHC Biennial, the United Synagogue Biennial, and USY International Convention. His presentations have focused on prayer and spirituality, Jewish music, and formal and informal Jewish education.
David is a blogger for the Times of Israel and the World Wide Reblog and is a proud contributor to Not By Might: Channeling the Power of Faith to End Gun Violence. David's first book, The Search for the Sacred was published in the summer of 2016. In 2018, David collaborated with Rabbi Joseph Meszler on his second book: Go and Study: A Pluralistic Guide Through the Jewish Denominations' Torah Commentaries.
In addition to his congregational work, David has taught prayer, music and rabbinics at the Academy for Jewish Religion – a pluralistic rabbinic and cantorial school in Riverdale, NY. For many years David served as an advisor to the Delet/MAT program at Brandeis University and volunteered as a Jewish chaplain at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. David is a past-President of the Association of Rabbis and Cantors; past-President of the Canton Clergy Association and a past trustee on the Board of Directors of the National Brain Tumor Society.
David has become known as the “Rock n’Roll Rabbi” having written, performed and produced six albums of contemporary Jewish music. His music is a mix of joyful, upbeat tunes and moving liturgical compositions. David’s music is sung in synagogues, camps, and schools around the country. David was honored to produce and record the anthem, Olam Chesed Yibaneh with his dear friend and musical partner, Rabbi Menachem Creditor. In addition to his Jewish music, in 2004, David produced a cd single entitled, So We Ride in honor of the 10th anniversary of the Brain Tumor Society’s Ride for Research.
Taking advantage of all that the internet has to offer, David has also become the “World Wide Reb." Since 2009, David has offered a regular rebcast entitled, "Reflections of a Rabbi" in addition to other educational videos. All of David's adult education classes are live-streamed at www.rabbidavid.tv and are available on-demand.
David's accomplishments in Jewish education were recognized when he received the Keter Torah Award from the Bureau of Jewish Education in Massachusetts. David has also been recognized by the Association of Rabbis and Cantors (2012), the South Area Solomon Schechter Day School (2009), The National Brain Tumor Society (2008), The Hellenic Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (2008), Ordinary Heroes Hall of Fame (2007), Synagogue Council of Massachusetts (2007), Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (2005), Boy Scouts of America (2005), South Area Solomon Schechter Day School (2004), Boston JCC Maccabi Games (2004), Temple Beth Abraham (2003), State Senate of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (2002), Grossman Camp (2001) and Temple Shalom of Milton (1996).
After the loss of his second daughter, Liat Chanina, David and his wife Heather founded the Liat Chanina Foundation, a non-profit foundation dedicated to creating and sustaining opportunities for hope and healing. David currently lives with his wife Heather, his daughters Dalia, Ayelet and Naomi, and the memory of his beloved daughter Liat (z’l) in Boca Raton, Florida.