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Rabbi David Kaplan was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada. He was educated in Vancouver Day Schools before attending Ner Israel Yeshivas in California and Baltimore, MD. While in Ner Israel, Rabbi Kaplan developed a special relationship with the Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Yaakov Weinberg zt"l, with whom he studied daily. After receiving his semicha from Rabbi Weinberg in 1987, Rabbi Kaplan accepted a position as a rebbe in Yeshiva College in Johannesburg, S. Africa. There, he had the opportunity to learn with the Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Avraham Tanzer, a world renowned master Jewish educator. Two and a half years later, Rabbi Kaplan became Rabbi of Beth Zion Congregation in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, where he developed his skills as Rabbi, Baal Koreh, Chazan,and school principal.

Before becoming rabbi at Congregation Schomre Israel, Rabbi Kaplan was rebbe at the Margolin Hebrew Academy Yeshiva of the South in Memphis,TN. In 2004, he was honored as teacher of the year and, in 2006, became head of Judaic Studies.

Rabbi Kaplan has been actively involved in each community in which he has lived. He was a member of the Toronto Vaad HaRabonim, and served on the national board of B'nai Brith Canada.

Rabbi Kaplan is looking forward to assuming the position of spritual leader of Schomre Israel, and becoming an active member of the Jewish community. We welcome him, his wife Rochel, and his son Tully, to our synagogue family and to Poughkeepsie.

Rabbi Kaplan

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