David Sofian was Temple Israel’s senior rabbi from 2003 – 2015. Whether teaching Talmud and Torah during the week, preaching or teaching on Shabbat, or participating in community programs and events, David represented Temple and Judaism approachably and appealingly. Over dinner, in casual conversation or during services, he can tell and retell the folk tales of the shtetl and his own stories to great effect.
During his tenure at Temple, Rabbi Sofian was a member of the Dayton Synagogue Forum and the Dayton Jewish Community Leadership Council, and on the national board of the Association of Reform Zionists of America. In the community, he taught at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Dayton and the Seminary for Seniors program through United Theological Seminary. In 2014, he was awarded the Jack Moss Creativity Award through the Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton.
After earning a bachelor’s degree at the University of Missouri and being ordained at Hebrew Union College, David began his rabbinic career as assistant to Rabbi Stanley Davids at Temple Emanuel in Worcester, MA. He served Temple Shaarai Shomayim in Lancaster, PA from 1980 to 1993, and Emanuel Congregation in Chicago from 1993 to 2003.
Now that he has retired and made aliyah to Israel, he actively participates with Yozma, the reform congregation in Modi’in, and enjoys living in the Jewish state. David’s wife, Simone, holds a Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati in French literature with a minor in Hebrew. They have three grown children, all married, and seven grandchildren.