Rabbi David J. Nesson
Rabbi David Nesson joined MJCBY as its spiritual leader in 1988. Since then, he has led the Center with passion and enthusiasm. Ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1983, Rabbi Nesson also holds a master’s degree in Jewish Education from JTS and graduated magna cum laude from Brandeis University. He was awarded an honorary Doctorate (D.H.L.) from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2010.
Rabbi Nesson is known throughout the community as a passionate speaker and educator and a supporter of Israel and of Jewish education. He teaches throughout the community as a Hirschorn scholar, The National Council of Jewish Women and as a Rabbinic Fellow of the Hartmann Institute in Jerusalem where he often studies. Rabbi Nesson is an instructor in the New Jersey Rabbinical Assembly’s Outreach to Judaism class and has brought many people into Judaism.
An active member of the Jewish community at large, Rabbi Nesson serves on the Religious Pluralism Committee of Federation. He is a member of the Board of the New Jersey Region of the Rabbinical Assembly; and past chairman of the National Rabbinical Assembly’s Committee on continuing education.
Rabbi Nesson is the proud father of two children, Leora Miriam and William Stuart, and the happy grandfather of Rose.