Rabbi Daniel R. Shevitz
Rabbi Dan Shevitz
Mishkon Tephilo in Venice,
California, just two blocks from the beach. He previously served Emanuel
Synagogue in Oklahoma City and as Hillel director and Jewish chaplain at MIT in
Cambridge, MA, a post he held for seventeen years. 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
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 Shabbat service.
Since 2008 he has
been principal percussionist and timpanist with the Palisades Symphony Orchestra.
He lives in
Venice with Humuhumunukunuku, a Mollucan