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
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
He lives in
Venice with Humuhumunukunuku, a Mollucan