Rabbi David Silber is the Founder and Dean of Drisha Institute for Jewish Education, an advanced program of Jewish studies for women. Since 1979, Drisha has provided women full access to classical texts of the Jewish tradition and preparation for leadership positions in the field of Jewish education. Drisha has grown into a major center of higher Jewish learning, with a full array of full- and part-time study options ranging from one-time community lectures to multi-year, full-time, advanced-level certificate programs. Over 1,000 people participate in Drisha’s programs annually. The Drisha Institute attracts women from all areas of Jewish Life. For the past several years Drisha has provided increasing opportunities for men.
Among Drisha’s programs are full-time programs of one and three years, The Dr. Beth Samuels High School programs and the Drisha Arts Fellowship which provides artists the opportunity to study clasical Jewish texts on a part time or full-time basis.
Students who enroll in The Gwendolyn and Joseph Straus School for Continuing Education are able to take individual classes at various skill levels during fall, spring, and summer semesters. Topics include Bible, Jewish law, philosophy, rabbinics and prayer.
Rabbi Silber is a sought after teacher who lectures on biblical narrative and liturgy. He is married to Dr. Devora Steinmetz. They have eight children and they live in New York City.