September 16, 2021 |

Transitional Senior Rabbi David Klatzker

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David Klatzker is Transitional Senior Rabbi at Temple Israel of Natick, 2021-2022.

An engaging teacher and speaker, Rabbi Klatzker began his career in Natick, where he was Associate Rabbi to Rabbi Harold Kushner. He then served as a long-term rabbi in Erdenheim, PA, and Peabody, MA. He has most recently served as an intentional interim rabbi in Long Beach, CA, Commack, NY, Woodcliff Lake, NJ, Cranford, NJ, Long Grove, IL, and Scottsdale, AZ.

A native Californian, he is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Pomona College in Claremont. He did graduate work in Jewish history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and received a Ph.D. in Religion from Temple University, as well as an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary.

He has been accredited as a “Transition Specialist” by the Interim Ministry Network—a unique, two-year training program in leading congregations through change.

He has published articles in seven books and in Conservative Judaism, The Reconstructionist, Middle East Quarterly, Jewish Political Studies Review, Journal of Ecumenical Studies, Catholic Historical Review, and Union Seminary Quarterly Review.

He was Co-Chairman of the Philadelphia Conservative Introduction to Judaism program and Chairman of the Interfaith Outreach Committee of the Robert I. Lappin Foundation in Salem, MA, one of the most innovative programs in the country in supporting interfaith families. He was a senior teacher at Camp Ramah in the Poconos for many summers and also served as Rabbinic Advisor to the New England Region of the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs.

Rabbi Klatzker studied pastoral psychology at the Philadelphia Psychiatric Center and Jewish family education at the Whizin Institute in Los Angeles. He puts his training and experience to work in many different settings, counseling individuals and families as they face life cycle events, and working with teenagers and children.

Rabbi Klatzker ‘s wife of thirty-six years, Randy, passed away in April 2020 from ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). He retired from the active rabbinate for two years to care for her. The rabbi has three wonderful, adult children in Los Angeles and Boston: Micah, Judah, and Meira.