New Rabbi at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel Plans Dignified Yet Delightful Installation

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Image via Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel at Facebook.
Rabbi Benjamin David.

The new Rabbi at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park is taking a more nontraditional approach to his installation ceremony, writes Leza Raffel for the Abington Patch.

The installation is a historically sacred event that marks the hiring of a new rabbi and the official transition of spiritual leadership. While it is traditionally a serious and solemn event, Rabbi Benjamin David is planning an event that will be upbeat, inclusive, and fun for everybody, no matter their age.

“I pride myself on being very relatable and personable,” said Rabbi Benjamin. “That’s how I have always been. I love forming connections with people.”

Currently, everybody from preschoolers to religious school students and choir vocalists are busy preparing for the important event.

The toddlers are focusing on welcoming their new friend. Rabbi David has already ingratiated himself to them, especially with his puppet-centric Tot Shabbat.

The religious school students are creating a multimedia welcome. Rabbi David is a regular in their midst as well, holding monthly bagel brunches.

The formal installation will take place on Oct. 28 with a series of special activities, including a performance of Camp Harlam songs, learned over the years by veterans of the Jewish overnight camp in the Poconos. Four visionary rabbis within the Reform Movement will also speak.

Read more about the upcoming installation ceremony at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in the Abington Patch.


Newly arrived Rabbi Benjamin David introduced himself to his Elkins Park community in July 2022.

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