We are affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, the association of Conservative congregations in North America.
Rabbi David Klatzker is CJC’s transitional rabbi. An engaging teacher and speaker, he previously served congregations in Natick, MA (where he served as Associate Rabbi to Rabbi Harold Kushner), Erdenheim, PA, Peabody, MA, and Long Beach, CA. He is a graduate of Pomona College in California and did graduate work in Jewish history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He received a Ph.D. from Temple University, as well as an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary.
He has published articles in seven books and in Conservative Judaism, The Reconstructionist, Middle East Quarterly, Jewish Political Studies Review, Journal of Ecumenical Studies, Catholic Historical Review, and Union Seminary Quarterly Review.
Rabbi Klatzker has served as Rabbinic Advisor to the New England Region of the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs, President of the Peabody Clergy and Ministerial Association, and Chairman of the North Shore Rabbinical Association.
He was Co-Chairman of the Philadelphia Conservative Introduction to Judaism program, and organized an innovative, joint Reform-Conservative conversion program on the North Shore of Boston.
The Rabbi is committed to a vision of CJC that supports the needs of Jewish families at every stage of life. He studied pastoral psychology at the Philadelphia Psychiatric Center and Jewish family education at the Whizin Institute in Los Angeles. He puts his training and experience to work in many different settings, counseling individuals and families as they face life cycle events, and working with teenagers and children.
Rabbi Klatzker is married to Randy Katz, who is an attorney and has an M.A. in Jewish Education. Randy has taught in Jewish day schools and was a congregational education director. They have three grown children, Micah, Judah and Meira.