The Boston Synagogue is typically lay led – but we have a fabulous cadre of ‘regular’ talent that visit on a rotating basis to lead services at our downtown shul.

created at: 2012-03-16Dr. David Fishman is one of our visiting clergy.  He travels to Boston from New York, where he lives with his wife and two children, several times a year to lead services and share stories of his many travels, particularly to Russia and Eastern Europe.

For First Night Seder, over 90 people celebrate Passover at the Boston Synagogue.  We welcome our guests to share their melodies and traditions with friends old and new, while enjoying a fully catered Seder dinner led by David.

Dr. David Fishman adds a new dimension to the holidays at the Boston Synagogue.  While he is now a professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, NY, he is an ‘old friend’ of the synagogue. During his student days at Harvard he would join read Torah on Saturday mornings. 

David currently teaches courses in modern Jewish history at JTS, where he also serves as Director of Project Judaica, a Jewish Studies program based in Moscow. He frequently travels to Moscow and Vilnius (Lithuania) on behalf of Project Judaica.  When he joins us several times a year he shares his stories from the road (he recently returned from a Sabbatical in Israel) to discuss some of the treasures he found along the way. 

The list of David’s accomplishments could go on, but are only a small part of what makes David particularly interesting. His welcoming nature, kind leadership and animated stories he shares on his visits back to Boston make him an invaluable part of our downtown community.

We hope you’ll join us for First Night Seder this year at the Boston Synagogue for a memorable experience and to share in our tradition.    

For more details on First Night Seder at the Boston Synagogue as well as a full list of Passover services, please visit our website at

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