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David Bass, Executive Director

David first came to Beth Sholom as a congregant in 2021 and began serving as Executive Director in July 2023. 

David has worked in the Jewish community in a variety of roles. He helped establish and served as the first staff member for a new Hillel at York College of Pennsylvania, and served as Hillel Director for four years at Gettysburg College. Most recently, David served as Executive Director of Congregation Beth Emeth in Herndon, Virginia.

David and his husband Tom live in downtown Frederick, walking distance to the shul. You can often find them playing tennis, running at Baker Park, watching his beloved New York Mets (they even named their cat Shea!) or enjoying a meal downtown.  David also serves the community as a member of the Frederick County Board of Education.

David holds a Bachelor's in History and Africana Studies from Binghamton University; a Masters in Public Administration (MPA), also from Binghamton; and a Masters in Special Education from The City College of New York.

David grew up in Bayside, Queens with his mother, his younger brother Eric, his grandparents, and his step-father Fred. David and his family were active at Temple Beth Sholom in Queens--and so working now at Beth Sholom Congregation makes him feel right at home!

David is excited to be serving this community. He is passionate about engaging with our members and growing our congregation, ensuring that Beth Sholom is a vibrant Jewish community for years to come. David loves to hear from current and prospective members--Please reach out to him with your ideas, your hopes for our congregation, and feedback on ways we can better meet the needs of you and your family. We can speak by phone, meet here at the shul or connect for coffee around Frederick.

You can reach David at 301-663-3437, ext. 101, or by email at

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