Welcome Rabbi Frank
Dear Families and Friends,
It is my pleasure to announce that Rabbi David Frank, currently the Senior Rabbi of Temple Solel in Cardiff, CA, will serve as the Interim Director for the Advanced Institute for Judaic Studies (AIJS) and San Diego Jewish Academy’s Interim Chief Jewish Officer in the 2019-20 school year.
Rabbi Frank has had a stellar career as a congregational rabbi at Temple Solel for 28 years, during which his congregation grew significantly and Temple Solel became a highly-regarded resource and center for Jewish education in North County. He has also been a Rabbinic Fellow and facilitator at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, and a successful lecturer and teacher at SDJA over the years.
Rabbi Frank is very familiar with SDJA, having had all three children attend and graduate and go on to careers of distinction and engagement in the Jewish communities in which they live. In his capacity as a parent and a community rabbi, Rabbi Frank was involved and instrumental in the development of the school’s Judaic studies curriculum, as well as teaching high school students and adults about Jewish ethics and text study as a guest speaker.
In his role as Interim Director, Rabbi Frank will teach our senior class students next year as well as other high schoolers in elective courses, and students of all ages throughout the week and month. Our Advanced Institute for Judaic Studies will continue to develop new and innovative programs for families, adults and community members under Rabbi Frank’s leadership.
We are thrilled that Rabbi Frank has agreed to come to SDJA and take on this interim assignment after the unexpected retirement of Rabbi Graubart.
In his own words, below, Rabbi Frank shares his excitement.
I’m honored and very excited to be joining the SDJA team beginning this fall. My three children each attended from kindergarten through 12th grade, during which the Academy’s faculty, students and staff taught them to appreciate and respect different approaches to Judaism, to value ethical Jewish living, to place Israel at the center of their Jewish identities, to love learning in all its forms, and to see life as a constant journey toward the sacred. I’m so grateful to be given the opportunity to help impart these great lessons to a new generation of students.
As a long-time SDJA parent and supporter, I have always recognized what an asset our school is to Jewish life in San Diego. Besides offering a high quality Jewish education to hundreds of students every year, the Academy empowers them to become the future visionaries and leaders of our Jewish community.
It will be a great joy in the coming year to work directly with our special SDJA families, along with an outstanding and dedicated team of teachers and colleagues.