Rabbi David Posner

After Four Decades, Emanu-El Rabbi To Retire

David Posner has kept a low profile outside of his historic congregation.

04/24/2012
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Rabbi David Posner’s life has been marked by consistency and steadfastness.

He says he chose the rabbinate as a career at the age of 10, met his wife (and knew she was the one) when he was 12, and has been at the same job since 1973.

That post — rabbi at Temple Emanu-El, the largest Jewish house of worship in the world and flagship of the Reform movement — will come to a close after four decades at the end of May 2013, marking a “bittersweet” milestone, according to Marcia Waxman, president of the historic Reform temple on Fifth Avenue.

Always in his office: Rabbi Posner is considered “the consummate congregational rabbi,” according to colleagues.
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