Date(s) - 10/15/2021
6:30 pm - 8:15 pm
Born in Jaffa, Israel in 1952, Moshe David Kamrat (David) moved to Brooklyn, NY in 1957. His parents were both Holocaust survivors.
David attributes his activism for peace from the lessons he gleamed from his father, working side by side with him while they painted houses for Jewish families. After meeting his girlfriend Jane in high school, David started his search for creating an alternate lifestyle. After the birth of his first son Noah, and wanting to know the true meaning of the “bris ritual,” David and Jane moved back from California to Crown Heights, Brooklyn, where David studied at Hadar Hatorah, and later, at Morristown Rabbinical Academy. During that brief period of three years, hundreds of Baal Tshuva’s passed through Jane and David’s home for Shabbat services and dinner. During those years, David studied alongside Rabbi Akiva Greenberg (of blessed memory). After some time, David met with Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach (of blessed memory) who became one of his spiritual influences, meshing his “hippie experience” with Torah.
This led to assembling a group of Jewish friends who purchased 210 acres of land in upstate NY, and forming a kibbutz called Emunah Farm. The kibbitz lasted several years but disbanded, because as the children got older, the need for better education became a priority. Moving to Altamont, NY in 1979, David built a series of successful businesses in the construction industry. Later, they moved to North Miami to help rebuild homes after Hurricane Andrew devastated Florida. In 1996, David changed career paths and partnered with his son Noah in the emerging business of Internet telephony, Qualmax, which eventually went public. Operating Qualmax, David and Jane moved to Eugene, Oregon in 2004. During the telecom years, David travelled to many countries throughout the globe, building telecom systems designed to lower costs for US immigrants to call their families. Always attracted to the indigenous peoples, David spent time with the Maya of Guatemala, where he led a group of concerned folks and contributed several thousand computers to the community. In 2007, the market crashed and David decided to create an Organic Food Distribution company (Planet Verde) which is ongoing to this day. www.planetverde.net
In 2001, in the aftermath of 9/11, David initiated JAM and ALL Interfaith. Among the founders of the group, Rabbis Shoni (of blessed memory) and Phil Labowitz of TAO, became among the first of many Jewish supporters of JAM, offering the synagogue to the group on many occasions. In 2014, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi (of blessed memory) bestowed the smicha of Rodef Hashalom (pursuer of peace) to David for his work with JAM and other peace initiatives. David and Jane have three children and five grandchildren.
Steeped in the traditions of our ancestors with a modern day approach, each Shabbat Service will leave you feeling connected to your community, your faith and yourself. At TAO, we hold people, not prayer books. Our virtual siddur, projected behind the bima, frees your hands to clap, drum and shake your tambourine. However you connect, we invite you to join us – the singing and dancing shul.