Our Rabbi

rabbi-david-01Rabbi David Katz has served at Temple Beth El since October, 2010. He also does some work with Balfour Hillel, the Jewish student organization at the College of William & Mary.

In our congregation, Rabbi David’s duties include leading services every Friday night and Saturday morning, including our monthly family-oriented service, Shabbat Kulanu – Shabbat For All Of Us. Rabbi David leads our very popular Torah Study group, which meets on Thursday mornings from 10:30am-12:30pm. Rabbi David can always be found at TBE School on Sunday mornings, meeting with students, leading Tefilah, and teaching our 8-10 grade students.

Rabbi David was ordained as rabbi in June, 2009, at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in the Philadelphia suburbs, where he also earned a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters. He grew up in New York City, and holds a B.A. in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo, with a minor in Media Studies.

Before attending rabbinical school, Rabbi David worked as the Youth and Program Director at a synagogue in Texas, as the Director of Cultural Programming at a Jewish Community Center in Florida, with troubled teenagers at a program for youth in crisis in Texas, and as a teacher in public schools in New York City and Florida.

An avid sports fan, who is particularly devoted to the New York Mets and New York Knicks, he also enjoys – and frequently refers to – rock and jazz music, and science fiction, spy, and superhero movies and television shows. He is married to Dr. Amy Lazev, a clinical psychologist, who directs the School Health Initiative Program for the Williamsburg-James City County School Division. They have two sons, Noah and Elijah.


rabbi-sylviaRabbi Emerita Sylvia Scholnick retired in 2007 after serving the congregation for over ten years.
She continues to live in the community and participate in TBE endeavors.