Rabbi David Ellenson, PhD & Chancellor Arnold Eisen, PhD – March 15, 2019
A native of Chicago, Illinois, Rabbi David Lyon was ordained Rabbi in 1990, at HUC-JIR, Cincinnati. Upon ordination, he served as Assistant Rabbi and Associate Rabbi at Congregation Beth Israel, Houston, Texas, 1990-1997; rabbi of Congregation Shaarey Zedek, East Lansing, Michigan, 1997-2000; rabbi of Temple Shalom, Dallas, Texas, 2000-2004; and, in June 2004, he returned to Congregation Beth Israel to serve as Senior Rabbi.
Rabbi Lyon enjoys the full complement of rabbinic duties in a robust congregation of 1650 families with emphases on inclusive participation in education, worship, interfaith outreach, and Israel advocacy. In Houston, he serves on the board of United Way of Greater Houston, Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston, Jewish Community Legacy Project (JCLP), and the Advisory Board of Holocaust Museum Houston. He serves on the Executive Committee of IMGH’s Multi-Faith Council, and on the ADL’s Coalition of Respect.
In national leadership, he is a member of the CCAR Board (Central Conference of America Rabbis) and chairs its Professional Development Committee; and, is a Board member of the Jewish Community Legacy Project (JCLP).
Rabbi Lyon writes a weekly blog to the congregation, and can be heard on KODA 99.1 FM, every Sunday morning at 6:45am. He is the author of the book “God of Me: Imagining God Throughout Your Lifetime” available on Amazon.com.
Rabbi Lyon is married to Lisa, and they have four grown children, Jeremy and his wife, Mimi; Adam, Abby and Emma; and, their dear grandson, Ronen.