David Maxa

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Born (1990-04-08) April 8, 1990 (age 34)
OccupationCzech Progressive Rabbi

David Maxa (Hebrew language|Hebrew name: Ha'Rav David ben Yehoyakim Ve'Chana, born on 8 April 1990) is a Czech Reform Progressive Rabbi.


He was born in Bratislava in 1990 and grew up in Prague, the home town of his father Hynek Maxa, who was an eminent Czech opera singer and a Shoah survivor.

In 2010 he started to study Religious Studies and Jewish Studies at the Hussite Theological Faculty, Hussite Theological Faculty of the Charles University in Prague. He spend one semester at the University of Bayreuth.[1] He graduated in 2014 after having defended his bachelor thesis Jews and Judaism in China.[2]

In 2014 he became a student of the rabbinical seminary Abraham Geiger College at the University of Potsdam[3], led by Rabbis Walter Jacob and Walter Homolka.

As part of his studies, he spent a year at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem and attended lectures at three other renowned rabbinical schools - Hebrew Union College, Shalom Hartman Institute and Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies.[4]

As a rabbinic student, he had internships with Jewish communities in Germany (Beth Haskala in Berlin, Jewish Community of Bielefeld), the United Kingdom (Westminster Synagogue in London, Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue in London), the United States of America (Temple Israel in Ridgewood, New Jersey) and Israel (Kehilat Achva Be'Kerem in Jerusalem).

In Spring 2020 he defended his rabbinical thesis The Role of God in the Story of Cain and Abel and received the master's degree in Jewish Theology. His rabbinical ordination took place at the Rykestrasse Synagogue in Berlin on 10 September 2020. His life motto is coincident with his ordination motto: “Peace, peace, to those far and near, says the Eternal.“ (Isaiah 57:19)[5][6][7]

After finishing his studies, he started to work as a rabbi the the Progressive Jewish Community Ec chajim in Prague, which he co-founded in 2019[8], and the Federation of Jewish Communities in the Czech Republic, where he serves at the Jewish Community of Liberec and the Jewish Community of Děčín.[9] He is a member of the European Rabbinic Assembly (ERA), the assembly of progressive, liberal and reform rabbis serving synagogues of the European region of the World Union for Progressive Judaism.[10]

David Maxa is married to Judita Bergmann, the daughter of the Czech Historian and co-founder of the Charter 77 Pavel Bergmann. They have one son.

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  1. "Biography". davidmaxa.com. Retrieved 2020-11-01.
  2. "Židé a judaismus v Číně". is.cuni.cz. Retrieved 2020-11-01.
  3. "Meet: David Maxa, Rabbinical Student, Abraham Geiger College, Czech Republic". eJewish Philanthropy. 2020-03-24. Retrieved 2020-11-01.
  4. "Biography". davidmaxa.com. Retrieved 2020-11-01.
  5. "Vier Rabbiner und ein Kantor in Berlin ordiniert | DOMRADIO.DE". www.domradio.de (in Deutsch). Retrieved 2020-11-01.
  6. K.d.ö.R, Zentralrat der Juden in Deutschland (2020-09-09). "Feierliche Ordination". Jüdische Allgemeine (in Deutsch). Retrieved 2020-11-01.
  7. "Unsere Absolventen des Jahres 2020". Abraham Geiger Kolleg (in Deutsch). 2020-08-25. Retrieved 2020-11-01.
  8. "Ec chajim: Ohlašuje se nová společensko-náboženská iniciativa pro Židy v Praze | Židovský tiskový a informační servis". www.ztis.cz. Retrieved 2020-11-01.
  9. Ševela, Vladimír (2020-08-21). "Mojžíš a karate. V českých židovských obcích je věkový průměr 55 let, nový rabín chce získat mladé". Hospodářské noviny (in čeština). Retrieved 2020-11-01.
  10. "Liberal Rabbis | ERA : European Rabbinic Assembly | EUPJ | Europe". eupj-ra. Retrieved 2020-11-01.

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