Wilderness Guide, Deep Listener, Amateur Pickler
Dave is thrilled to be the founding rabbi of Base Denver. A lover of Torah and the natural world, Dave seeks to build Jewish life that is vibrant, open, joyful and deep. He found his voice as a leader—and the inspiration to become a rabbi—through leading immersive youth backcountry trips. Prior to rabbinical school, Dave worked as a field guide for a therapeutic wilderness program in Bend, Oregon.
Dave attended Middlebury College, where he earned a BA in Geography with a minor in Dance. A Wexner Graduate Fellow, Dave was ordained by The Jewish Theological Seminary with an MA in Gender Studies in May 2022.
Throughout rabbinical school, Dave served in various capacities at BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy, Camp Ramah in the Rockies, and NYU Bronfman Center. He was a chaplain resident at The New Jewish Home and, most recently, Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Intern at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah.
Dave loves to cook, hike, paint watercolors, and dabble in poetry. Most of all, he is excited to build community in Denver alongside his partner, Daniel.