Rabbi David Kaufman is the Co-Founder and President of We Are For Israel.
Rabbi Kaufman has been the rabbi of Temple B’nai Jeshurun in Des Moines, Iowa since 2003. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Rabbi Kaufman received his rabbinical ordination at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati in 2001.
In addition to writing for We Are For Israel, the rabbi currently blogs on Yourish.com as well as RabbiKaufman.blogspot.com and his own educational blog sites. A staunch and passionate advocate for Israel, since March of 2009 Rabbi Kaufman has had a weekly internet radio show, “Rabbi Kaufman’s – The Whole Megillah,” which focuses on Israel, the Middle East, and American Foreign Policy as well as issues concerning the Jewish people and Judaism. The show has attracted listeners from among Israel advocates from around the world, both to the live show and listening to the podcasts, many of which are available online and on Itunes. Among those who have appeared on Rabbi Kaufman’s radio show include Rabbi Eric Yoffie of the Union for Reform Judaism, Barry Rubin of Rubin Reports and the Gloria Center, Rabbi Kerry Olitzky of the Jewish Outreach Institute, Gershon Baskin of the Israel-Palestine Center for Research and Information and many other distinguished guests.
A leader in the interfaith community, the rabbi is one of few “individual” members of the Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations Dialogue Group as well as being a respected regular contributor to its ListServ. Rabbi Kaufman often represents the Jewish community of Des Moines in discussions about pressing social issues in the broader community and appears in the local media frequently.
Rabbi Kaufman is currently the President Elect of the Midwest Association of Reform Rabbis.