“Shalom! My name is David Chapman and I am so excited that, as part of my Rabbinic training at the Jewish Theological Seminary, I will be serving as Sutton Place Synagogue’s rabbinic intern for the upcoming year. Throughout this year. you’ll find me at Shabbat services two times per month, celebrating Jewish holidays like Simchat Torah and Purim together, helping lead the Young Professionals High Holiday Services, and offering opportunities to learn and connect during the week by spending time in the nursery school, the religious school, with our teens, our young professionals, and our adults through programming and teaching.
A bit about me: I grew up in Chicago (and yes, sometimes I still say “soda pop”). Prior to starting rabbinical school at JTS, I worked for several Jewish organizations, helping advance causes in the US and in Israel that ensured dignity and democracy for all. Before that, I was a theater director and educator for almost ten years, a career that took me around the world and first brought me to New York a decade ago. I’ve lived and worked in Hungary as a Fulbright scholar, Vietnam, France, and across the US. I’ve been a longtime member and former Board VP of Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, the world’s largest LGBTQ synagogue. I love travel, arts and culture, yoga, and Ottolenghi’s cookbooks. I’m a member of ROI (the Schusterman Foundation’s leadership network) and a Wexner Graduate Fellow. In 2017, I was honored to be included in the Jewish Week’s list of “36 Under 36” New York Jews making a difference.