Rabbi David Straus


Rabbi David Straus is the Senior Rabbi at Main Line Reform Temple in Wynnewood, PA.  He was appointed in July, 1998, and is only the fourth rabbi to serve in this position at Main Line Reform Temple. Under his leadership, the congregation has begun many new and innovative programs and services, including a child-parent religious school program where parents learn and attend school weekly with their children.

Rabbi Straus is active in the Jewish and non-Jewish community.  He is the immediate past president of the VAAD: The Philadelphia Board of Rabbis and of the Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Community Relations Council. He is also a co-convener of the Religious Leaders Council of Greater Philadelphia, and serves on the board of the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia. He has served on the board of Philabundance and the advisory committee of Eldernet of Lower Merion.

Prior to coming to Main Line Reform Temple, Rabbi Straus served congregations in Trenton, NJ (Har Sinai Temple), Cleveland, OH (Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple) and Washington, DC (Washington Hebrew Congregation). He was ordained in 1983 at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, OH, and earned his BA from Northwestern University.