Congregation Shir Ami Welcomes Rabbi David Evan Markus as New Spiritual Leader

Rabbi David Evan Markus

Congregation Shir Ami has announced that Rabbi David Evan Markus will become its next Spiritual Leader. He will assume the clergy role that Rabbi David E. Levy has held over the past year in an interim capacity. 


Rabbi Markus comes to Shir Ami after 13 years as the Spiritual Leader and Music Director of Temple Beth-El of City Island. In addition to his diverse education programs at Temple Beth-El, he is a senior faculty member at the Academy for Jewish Religion, where he teaches in the seminary’s rabbinic and cantorial programs. His impact as a teacher is far and wide. 


A fellow of Rabbis Without Borders, Rabbi Markus lives in Westchester County and has been a scholar in residence for organizations across North America.  

Rabbi Markus currently holds an Outreach Fellowship for spiritual arts innovation, and recently published his first book, A Year of Building Torah.


Among his many educational credentials, Rabbi Markus earned double ordination as a Rabbi and Spiritual Director from ALEPH , a graduate certificate in Spiritual Entrepreneurship from Columbia Business School and his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School.


“Congregation Shir Ami has been going strong for over 20 years, and that strength comes from the partnership between its spiritual and lay leadership. 


While Rabbi Markus officially starts on July 1, the Shir Ami leadership team looks forward to introducing him to the community during a Friday evening Shabbat Service at the First Presbyterian Church in Greenwich on June 23 at 7:30pm


To learn more about Congregation Shir Ami, 1273 East Putnam Avenue, PO Box 312, Riverside, CT., Rabbi Markus and upcoming programs, visit