About Rabbi David Bassous
Rabbi David Bassous has been the spiritual leader of Congregation Etz Ahaim since August, 1991. Prior to that, he was the spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Hamidrash in Vancouver, Canada from 1986 - 1991.
After attending college in England and receiving an Engineering degree, Rabbi Bassous attended various yeshivot in England and Israel. He received his smicha (ordination) from the Shehebar Sephardic Center (Midrash Sephardi) in Jerusalem as well as passing the exams of the Israel Chief Rabbinate. From there, he went to Vancouver where he instituted daily minyanim and adult education classes. Rabbi Bassous is also a mohel (ritual circumcision), sofer (scribe) and shochet (ritual slaughterer).
Rabbi Bassous and his wife Clara have seven children and three grandchildren.
Under Rabbi Bassous's leadership, Congregation Etz Ahaim has grown substantially. He has instituted three daily services, as well as several classes for adults. The congregation recently dedicated a new Bet Midrash, as well as a large Sukkah that can seat 100 people.
Rabbi Bassous has also co-founded and presently teaches at Ben Porat Yosef, The Sephardic Yeshiva of Bergen County. Ben Porat Yosef is the only Sephardic Yeshiva serving Central and Northern New Jersey and Manhattan.
Rabbi Bassous served as the Early Chidlhood Judaic Director at Magen David Yeshivah, Brooklyn for ten years.
Rabbi Bassous has also produced a wide variety of Torah Tapes which are available on our Torah Tape page and a book - Jewish Law Meets Modern Challenges. A selection of Rabbi Bassous's audio classes is available for online listening or free download on podbean, at Torah Central (click on "Bassous, Rabbi David" in the Teacher list), or on iTunes podcast. Click on Torah Anytime to watch a video class.
Feel free to contact Rabbi Bassous, by email, by telephone at (732) 247-3839, or use the form below.