David Burstein: Judaism Should Love You!


The Thought Experiment Podcast: An exploration of fresh ideas and active minds in the world of Jewish Education.

Rabbi David Burstein

Rabbi David Burstein serves as the Rabbi/Educator at Congregation Beth Adam in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he is the co-creator of Our Village, a unique and innovative learning experience. He has worked for the past 25 years as an experiential educator and was ordained as a rabbi from HUC-JIR Cincinnati in 2001. He was the director of Kulanu: The Cincinnati Reform Jewish High School from 2003-2018 and is a national expert in teen education. Rabbi David is known for his work in the field of spirituality and meditation and.has taught mindfulness meditation for over 20 years and led over 50 retreats for all ages. A recent graduate of the M2 Experiential Educator Cohort, he was a co-creator of the Cincinnati Teen Collective Grant. Trained at Harvard College in mediation and negotiation, he has traveled with peace negotiation missions to Israel, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, and Northern Ireland. Rabbi David has played the hand-drum for more than 25 years and his greatest joy comes from being a dad to Emma, Coby and Nadia, and husband to Elizabeth.



  • After School and Beyond
  • Congregational Learning
  • Day Schools and Yeshivas
  • Early Childhood
  • Teen Engagement