Dr. David Reifler

Dr. David Reifler previously served as secretary of the USCJ Great Lakes Region and has continued as a member of the reorganized Central District Council. He has also served on several committees: 2014 Israel Mission Planning (for the USCJ Board – ad hoc); Fuchsberg Center; Innovations; and Nominations.

He has been elected to the board of MERCAZ and to the Amuta (Israeli non-profit board) for the Fuchsberg Center. He has also been engaged with support of Masorti Israeli institutions such as the Ḥ̣annaton Educational Center in the Galilee, and the Rabbinical Seminary of the Schechter Institutes in Jerusalem.

David is on the medical staff of Mercy Health St. Mary’s; he is a former professor of ophthalmology and current on-call professor, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Grand Rapids. He sub-specializes in oculoplastic and reconstructive surgery while proctoring a variety of modules for medical students at the Grand Rapids Campus. Nationally and internationally, David has served as president of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and he has made frequent visits to the Goutami Eye Institute in Andhra Pradesh, India, for pro bono consulting and teaching. David is the author of several book chapters, peer-reviewed medical articles, and he has authored two books in his special areas of interest – Jewish and medical history.

David is a former president of Congregation Ahavas Israel, the current co-chair of its Religious Life (Ritual) Committee, and a frequent ba’al tefilla and ba’al korei. At Ahavas Israel, he served as the liaison and facilitator for Sulam for Current Leaders and his USCJ kehilla was the first to complete all six modules of this first successful expansion of Sulam beyond pilot programs.

He and wife, Karen, are the proud parents of four married children — Aaron, Jon and Ellie – and saba and savta to four grandchildren.

David’s term concludes in 2019.


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