By Stacey Dresner
After six years as rabbi at Congregation B’nai Torah in Longmeadow, Rabbi Max Davis is leaving the community to become the very first full-time rabbi at Congregation Darchai Noam in St. Louis Park, Minnesota.
Rabbi Davis, his wife, Dalia Davis and their three children will be moving to Minnesota in August.
The late Ken Abrahams, who was president of B’nai Torah when Rabbi Davis was installed, said at that time that one of Rabbi Davis’s biggest accomplishments had been bringing the congregation closer together.
“Since we combined our three synagogues, it has been a long time since we could all say, ‘This is my rabbi.’ And I think everybody is very sincere about that. He is everybody’s rabbi. He understands the differences between the three congregations and how we are trying to be one,” Abrahams told the Ledger.
Born in Brookline, Davis was raised in a Conservative household, attending Solomon Schechter of Greater Boston and Maimonides High School. He became Orthodox in high school and after high school he studied for a year at Yeshivat Hamivtar in Israel. After internships at the National Synagogue in Washington, D.C. and Rikers Island Detention Center, he was ordained and then served as assistant rabbi at Congregation Beth Israel in Berkeley, Calif.
Dalia Davis is a Jewish educator, dancer, choreographer, and artistic director. Her program, Beit Midrash in Motion, which offers workshops that blend movement, meditation, and text study, was inspired by her passions for both dance and Jewish study. A graduate of Barnard College, she double-majored in dance and Jewish history. She co-founded
Nishmat Hatzafon Jewish Women’s Performing Arts Company. Since arriving in Western Mass., she has taught at the Florence Melton Adult Mini School, and has worked as Dance Educator for the Foundation for Jewish Summer Camps.
Yehuda Edry worked with Rabbi Davis for the past six years at Congregation B’nai Torah.
“It has been a great journey together and I learned so much from Rabbi Davis. He came to serve the community with so much energy and great ideas,” Edry said. “Rabbi Max and Dalia are good friends who care so much about you and always are with you when you need good advice. He is a real role model and he teaches more by his modesty and his kindness than by teaching a class. Not everyone in the community knows how much Rabbi Davis does for the community in his very quiet and modest way. We were very blessed to have the Davises among us and we wish them a lot of success in Minnesota. We will miss them very much.”
CAP: Rabbi Max Davis