Dr. David J. Abrams, Rabbi Emeritus, Active

Rabbi Dr. David Abrams became emeritus (retired) of Temple B’nai Jacob of Wellington almost 3 years ago.    The relationship between the Rabbi and this young synagogue began 13 years ago when Rabbi David and his wife Sharon decided to move to Wellington to join hands with a devoted group of families and build a Conservative synagogue in  Western Palm Beach County.  Through the years the loving bond between the congregation and their part-time Rabbi grew stronger.  In turn, when the congregation decided it was time to hire a full-time Rabbi, they asked Rabbi Abrams to step down and take on the title of Rabbi Emeritus.  For a few years, Rabbi Abrams who is also a psychologist was able to devote his full attention to his burgeoning clinical practice in Boynton Beach.  Now, the congregation and the Rabbi have decided it is time again for him to take a more active role in the building and growth of TBJ. The Rabbi, his wife and 4 children who have never left the congregation are thrilled to again become integrally involved in the synagogue family they care so much about. Rabbi Abrams will be our spiritual leader on Shabbat mornings and holidays.

Rabbi Dr. David Abrams who is 61 years of age was ordained by the Academy for Jewish Religion in 1986 and  became a member of the Rabbinical Assembly in 1990.  Previously, he served Temple Emanuel in Virginia Beach, Virginia for 8 years.  In 1994, Rabbi Abrams decided to leave the pulpit and pursue doctoral studies in clinical psychology at the Georgia School of Professional Psychology in Atlanta, Georgia.  During his stay in Atlanta, Rabbi Abrams taught at the Epstein Solomon Schechter School. However, it was soon after his internship and post doctoral fellowship at the Center on Aging and Development at the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami, that Dr. Abrams decided to start a private practice in Aventura.  There he met his soon to be wife Sharon.  Today, now almost 14 years later here in Wellington, they are raising a family of 4 young children, Joshua, Micah, Eitan, and Eliana.  This year all four children will be in TBJ Hebrew School.  Together with their parents, the kids will join hands with the other beloved members of TBJ and observe the beautiful gifts of Jewish life.