Daniel R. Shevitz
Rabbi Dan Shevitz serves Congregation
Mishkon Tephilo in Venice, California, just two blocks from the
beach, as Rabbi Emeritus. He previously served Emanuel Synagogue in Oklahoma City
and as Hillel director and Jewish chaplain at MIT in Cambridge, MA. He teaches
Talmud and Rabbinics in the Ziegler Rabbinical School
of the American Jewish University (formerly
University of Judaism).
Rabbi Dan has served the community as a
chaplain for the Los Angeles
Police Department, and
is Av Bet Din (president of the court) of the Sandra Caplan Community Bet Din, a
pluralistic community court for
conversion to Judaism. He is the mesadder gittin – rabbi in charge of Jewish divorces –
for the Pacific Southwest region of the Rabbinical Assembly.
He is a licensed private
pilot, motorcyclist, and has apprenticed as an auto mechanic with Tom and
Ray Magliozzi in Cambridge (of "Car Talk" on National
Public Radio). An amateur musician, he
can be heard playing the accordion for the preschoolers Friday mornings at the synagogue preschool Kabbalat
Since 2008 he has been principal
percussionist and timpanist with the Palisades Symphony Orchestra.
He lives in Venice with Humuhumunukunuku, a Mollucan
rabbidan at mishkon.org