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Rabbi David Wolkenfeld

Semikha, Class of 2008

Rabbi David Wolkenfeld


Ohev Sholom - The National Synagogue

Rabbi David Wolkenfeld has served as the rabbi of Ohev Sholom Congregation in Washington DC since July 2023. Ohev Sholom is the oldest Orthodox congregation in Washington DC and is the spiritual home to an active membership of hundreds of Jews of all ages and representing diverse religious backgrounds and viewpoints. Rabbi Wolkefneld treasures opportunities to serve as a resource for Jews who are seeking to connect more deeply to Torah and mitzvot in order to become better people and build stronger communities.

Rabbi Wolkenfeld is a Wexner Graduate Fellow and completed a term as a member of the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America. He has served as a vice-president of the International Rabbinic Fellowship and currently chairs its Membership Committee. His writing has been published in Tradition, The Lehrhaus, Milin Havivin, and the Huffington Post.  Prior to his move to Washington, Rabbi Wolkenfeld served for ten years as the rabbi of Anshe Sholom B’nai Israel Congregation (ASBI) in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood. Rabbi Wolkenfeld began his full-time rabbinic career at Princeton University where, together with his wife, Sara, he directed the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus. In his spare time, Rabbi Wolkenfeld enjoys hiking, making tomato sauce from local ingredients, and writing whimsical poems about synagogue life.  The Wolkenfelds are the proud parents of five children: Noam, Akiva, Hillel, Sophie, and Yonatan.