OUR RABBI - David Hartley Mark
Rabbi David Hartley Mark was born in New York City, and grew up on the Lower East Side, that legendary Jewish immigrant neighborhood, attending Hebrew Day School. He was first from his school, the East Side Torah Center, to attend Yeshiva University High School for Boys—Manhattan. David attended Yeshiva University, where he attained a BA in English Literature, a BS in Bible and Jewish Education, and a Hebrew Teacher’s Diploma (HTD). He spent his third year of college at Bar Ilan University in Ramat-Gan, Israel, where he developed a fluency in Hebrew, and toured around the country. He has also attained a Certificate in Advanced Jewish School Administration from the Hebrew College in Brookline, MA.
David attended the City University of New York Graduate Center, where he earned an MA degree from Queens College, as well as an M.Phil. degree, majoring in 17th Century English, specializing in the work of John Milton, as well as the Romantic Poets. A year teaching Hebrew School in a Reform temple in Brooklyn convinced him of his great love of Judaism, and he began attending the Academy for Jewish Religion, Yonkers, NY, where he was ordained a rabbi in 1980.
He met Anbeth, who was hired as temple secretary the same day he was hired to teach. They were married in 1978. They have two grown children, Tyler and Jordan, as well as a grandson, Aidan.
Rabbi Mark served pulpits in Warren, NJ, Fayetteville, NC, and Portsmouth, NH, in which last pulpit he spent 22 years, a record for that state. Seeking warmer climes, as well as closer family members, he and Anbeth took the pulpit of Temple Sholom in 2009. He also fulfilled a lifetime dream of teaching English at Keiser University in Ft. Lauderdale.
Our Member of the Month
Temple Sholom has its very own Ambassador of Birthday & Anniversary Cheer.
Mrs. Rhoda Silverman, a long time member of our temple calls congregants on
their birthday or anniversary and sings to them a cheery rendition of Happy
Birthday or Anniversary and follows that up with the tune on her Kazoo.
Rhoda is a very young 98 year old lady who lives and loves life to the
fullest. She is a regular at weekday minyan services and Shabbat morning
services. She attends lectures, classes and Sisterhood meetings regularly.
When she is not busy with calling people or attending events at the Temple,
she finds time to visit shut ins. Rhoda's longtime aid, Cha-cha, sees that
she gets wherever she may want to go. She even has her very own reserved
parking place in front of the Temple.
Anytime you wish to bring a little cheer into your life, find Rhoda at the
Temple, give her a kiss on both cheeks and your day will be full of
happiness and joy.