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Judaism is the the oldest monotheistic religion over 3,400 years old and has traditions going back 5773 years and counting. Judaism is based on the Bible (Old-Testament) and the words of the Jewish prophets. There is tremendous wisdom in our holy books and Rabbi Bassous masterfully extracts this wisdom and applies it to our daily lives.

Rabbi David Bassous

Rabbi David Bassous has been the spiritual leader of Congregation Etz Ahaim since August, 1991. Prior to that, he was the spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Hamidrash in Vancouver, Canada from 1986 until 1991. He received his semikha from the Shehebar Sephardic Center (Midrash Sepharadi) in Jerusalem as well as passing the exams of the Israel Chief Rabbinate. From there, he went to Vancouver where he instituted daily minyanim and adult education classes. Rabbi Bassous is also a mohel, sofer and shohet.

Under Rabbi Bassous’s leadership, Congregation Etz Ahaim has grown substantially. He has instituted three daily services, as well as several classes for adults. Rabbi Bassous has also co-founded Ben Porat Yosef, The Sephardic Yeshiva of Bergen County. Ben Porat Yosef is the only Sephardic Yeshiva serving Central and Northern New Jersey and Manhattan.

Rabbi Bassous presently serves as the Early Chidlhood Judaic Director at Magen David Yeshivah in Brooklyn, NY.