After a long and far-reaching search, Kehilas Torah Temima, which began nearly five years ago, has confirmed a new Rabbi to replace Rabbi Elan Segelman. Rabbi Segelman left the shul last August when he became the Rabbi of the Young Israel of Hancock Park in Los Angeles, California. Under Rabbi Segelman’s leadership, the shul grew from a few dozen dedicated members to well over 100 in its first year of operation, creating a strong k’hilah that welcomed members from across the community. We look forward to continuing that legacy for many years to come.
Our new Rabbi, Rabbi Yehuda Davis, will take up his position on Shabbos Ki Sisa. The Rabbi, together with the shul’s board, is already developing plans to lead the shul into its next chapter. The shul is excited to continue and expand many of its current programs, such as daily minyanim, youth programs, community events, N’shei program, shiurim, and many more.
“When you look at the overwhelmingly positive feedback that we received from our k’hilah after the probeh Shabbasos, we knew that Rabbi Davis was the perfect match for our shul. The board and all our members are thankful to the shul’s search committee for all the time and effort put into finding our next Rabbi,” said Ari Korn, President of KTT. “We are excited to begin shiurim led by Rabbi Davis, and we look forward to hearing from him at the annual community-wide pre-Purim shiur, hosted by KTT on Sunday, March 13.
Rabbi Yehuda Davis was raised in West Hempstead, New York. He attended Yeshiva Darchei Torah in Far Rockaway for high school and continued to Yeshivas Beis Moshe of Scranton, Pennsylvania, for post-high school. Rabbi Davis then joined Yeshivas Mir Yerushalayim where he has been for the past ten years.
Rabbi Davis previously taught and delivered shiurim in several yeshivos in Yerushalayim. He served as a poseik for Yeshiva Toras Chaim. Additionally, Rabbi Davis was the Assistant Rabbi in Congregation Nachalas Shimon in Maalot Daphna, where he assisted singles, young couples, and older families with family and life issues.
Rabbi Davis received his Yoreh Yoreh s’michah from Machon Hora’ah L’Rabbanim of Yerushalayim, as well as from Rabbi Yitzchak Berkowitz while in Yeshivas Mir.
Rebbetzin Chaya (nee Weissman) was raised in Cedarhurst, New York. She is a graduate of Torah Academy for Girls and Meor Bais Yaakov Seminary. She graduated from Touro College with a BA in Speech-Language Pathology, and she earned an MA in Speech Therapy from the University of Cincinnati. She is currently an administrator for Star Therapeutics.
Rabbi and Rebbetzin Davis have three children, bli ayin ha’ra: David, Rachelli, and Chana.