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.
Rabbi Bassous 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 David Bassous’s leadership, Congregation Etz Ahaim has grown substantially. He has instituted three daily services, as well as several classes for adults.
Rabbi Bassous 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.
Rabbi David Bassous served as the Early Chidlhood Judaic Director at Magen David Yeshiva in Brooklyn, NY for ten years.
Rabbi David Bassous's Experience Judaic Director of Early Childhood at Magen David Yeshivah Elementary School August 2004-2014.
Curriculum Development, Staff guidance, Administration and Program development.
Rabbi and Spiritual Leader at Congregation Etz Ahaim August 1991-present Spiritual Adviser, Marital and Parental Counselling, Building a Flourishing and Dynamic Community
Rabbinical Director at Ben Porat Yosef Yeshiva May 2000 - June 2004.
Rabbi and Spiritual Leader at Congregation Beth Hamidrash November 1987 - July 1991
Rabbi David Bassous's Education Queen Mary College, U. of London 1976 – 1979 Bachelor of Science (BSc)