The Rabbi Himself
    Rabbi David L. Algaze, the founder and spiritual leader of Havurat Yisrael, is the modern reflection of a rabbinic family in the Sephardi tradition. His forefathers include the Maharit, Rabbi Yomtov Algaze, who was Rishon Letzion, chief rabbi of the ancient Jewish community of Eretz Yisrael, and Rabbi Shlomo Algaze, the chief rabbi who excommunicated Shabtai Tzvi.

    Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Rabbi Algaze was graduated from the University of Buenos Aires. He holds a Master oh Philosophy degree from Columbia University and a Master of Hebrew Literature from the Jewish Theological Seminary. The Rabbi has been a Fellow of the Herbert Lehman Institute of Ethics, a Columbia University President's Fellow, and a Kent Fellow of the Danfourth Foundation.

    Rabbi Algaze received his smikhah .from Rabbi Joseph Messas, Chief Rabbi of Haifa, Israel, and from Rabbi Ezra Basry, head of the Bet-Din of Jerusalem. He is a doctoral candidate in ancient history at Columbia University. Rabbi Algaze's secular education and his years of intense learning define his unique personal scholarship.

    Among his countless activities on behalf of the Jewish community, Rabbi Algaze founded Eli, a city in Samaria, in 1984. In 1989 he founded The Coalition for Israel. He has been Rosh Yeshivah of Ohr Torah Institute and a delegate of the U.S.S.R. He is requested as a speaker and a scholar-in-residence by congregations across the United States and by organizations around the globe.   

Rabbi David L. Algaze  
Rabbi David Algaze
          Rabbi David Algaze