Rabbi David M. Eligberg
Rabbi Eligberg, who was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, was ordained in 1985 by the Jewish Theological Seminary. Rabbi Eligberg holds a BA in Political Science from Columbia University, a BA in Talmud from The Seminary College of Jewish Studies, an MA in Jewish Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Hebrew Letters Honorus Causa from the Jewish Theological Seminary.
Since arriving at Temple Israel Rabbi Eligberg has been a teacher, guide, and role model for all who wish to explore meaningful lives according to Jewish tradition. Along with his family, Rabbi Eligberg has routinely opened his home to congregants, creating opportunities to experience the warmth of Shabbat and the joy of festivals. Rabbi Eligberg has enriched the congregation’s celebration of holidays through creative programs, multimedia presentations, storytelling, theatre arts, and puppetry.
A regular visitor to our Herman and Libbie Michaelson Early Childhood Center, Rabbi Eligberg is also an active presence in B’Yachad as well as our youth program. Rabbi Eligberg has focused on engaging upcoming B’nai Mitzvah and their families in serious study in preparation for this important life cycle event.
Rabbi Eligberg is a visible presence in the community, now serving as the Secretary of the Capitol District Board of Rabbis, on our local Federation’s Israel Action Committee, and on the Religion-Labor Coalitionof New York State representing the New York Board of Rabbis.
Prior to Temple Israel Rabbi Eligberg served as the rabbi and principal of the Beit Rayim Synagogue and Hebrew School, in Thornhill, Ontario, rabbi of Congregation B’nai Tikvah, in North Brunswick, NJ and Congregation Beth El, in Levittown, PA.
Rabbi Eligberg is the author of several Halachic (Jewish law) articles, a short story, several plays and has developed three board games as instructional tools. He crafted a restructured version of the Musaf service for Rosh Hashanah and reviewed segments of the French translation of the Masorti Siddur. Currently, Rabbi Eligberg is working on a children’s book about Jewish mitzvah heroes, a collection of material for adults as a guidebook through the Yamim Noraim and the revision of a musical retelling of the Purim narrative.