Our Transitional Senior Rabbi Daniel Pressman was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He had a rich Jewish upbringing. His parents, Rabbi Jacob and Marjorie Pressman, modeled devotion to Judaism and community. Camp Ramah and United Synagogue Youth gave him formative Jewish experiences. He graduated from UCLA, while also attending the University of Judaism, and was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York.
Rabbi Pressman served Congregation Ner Tamid in Palos Verdes, California for seven years before coming to Congregation Beth David in Saratoga, California, which he served for 33 years until his retirement in 2014.
During his tenure, Beth David won over 15 Solomon Schechter Awards, and was known for innovative programming. He has served as President of the Pacific Northwest Region of the Rabbinical Assembly, Chairman of the Rabbinic Association of Greater San Jose, the Executive Board of the Rabbinic Cabinet of the United Jewish Appeal, the national Board of the United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism, and the national Executive Council of the Rabbinical Assembly, as well as numerous local boards and committees.
Rabbi Pressman is the author, with Rabbi Ronald Isaacs, of several prayer books. Many synagogues in North and South America have used his Torah Sparks, a weekly discussion guide to the Torah portion published by the United Synagogue. It will appear in book form later this year. He was on the commentary committee for Humash Etz Hayim.
Rabbi Pressman was married to the late Beverly Auerbach Pressman for 39 years. He has three children: Aliza, Benjamin, and Rebecca, and five grandchildren. Rabbi Pressman has moved to Dallas with his fiancé, Helen Tieger.