Rabbi Daniel R. Shevitz

Rabbi Dan Shevitz serves Congregation 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 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 Shabbat service.

Since 2008 he has been principal percussionist and timpanist with the Palisades Symphony Orchestra.

He lives in Venice with Humuhumunukunuku, a Mollucan cockatoo ("M2").