Temple Sinai Palm Desert Names David Novak New Rabbi Starting July 1st

Temple Sinai is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with Rabbi David Novak making him our new rabbi effective July 1, 2020.

Rabbi Novak is presently the interim rabbi of Temple Dor Dorim of Weston, Florida, a suburban community bordering the Everglades near Fort Lauderdale. In 2002, Rabbi Novak left his prosperous communications practice to attend the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem and Los Angeles, from which he was ordained in 2007. He served his first pulpit, Israel Congregation of Manchester, Vermont, for a decade, and before joining Temple Dor Dorim was the Interim Rabbi at Temple B’nai Israel in Clearwater, Fla.

Rabbi Novak says Jewish life is central to how he understands himself as a child, a teenager, in college, and throughout adulthood. It is where he continues to derive life’s blessings. Throughout many early life moves, Jewish communities kept him afloat.

Temple Sinai wants to thank the Union of Reform Judaism for their help in working with the Central Conference of American Rabbis in the search for a new rabbi. CCAR supplied us with many qualified candidates for both virtual and in person interviews.

Earlier this year Rabbi Novak was in Palm Desert for two days of interviews with Temple Sinai’s Rabbinic Search Committee. Subsequently, the committee unanimously voted to recommend his hiring to the Board of Trustees. Many thanks to all who worked on this search committee, the finance committee, the Board, and Temple Sinai’s attorney, Bob Brockman, for their help in the process.

All of us look forward to welcoming Rabbi Novak to our Sinai community.


Bob Glast, President

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