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David E Ostrich Rabbi

David E Ostrich, Rabbi

Rabbi of Congregation Brit Shalom

Lecturer in Jewish Studies

Rabbi Ostrich’s office is at Congregation Brit Shalom, 620 East Hamilton Avenue, in State College, though he is happy to arrange meetings on campus or in downtown coffee shops.
Office Phone: (814) 238-4611


  1. Hebrew Union College, M.A.H.L. and Rabbinic Ordination
  2. Northwestern University, B.S. Speech


Rabbi Ostrich’s focus as a teacher and liturgist is on the spiritual process—how religion developed/develops and how it works in personal and communal processes. He has taught classes in the Hebrew Bible, Modern Judaism, Jewish and Christian Foundations, and Jewish Mysticism.

Originally from Lafayette, Louisiana, Rabbi Ostrich has served congregations in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Savannah, Georgia, and Pensacola, Florida before coming to State College in 2005. While serving in these congregations, he taught at the University of Southern Mississippi, the University of West Florida, and Pensacola Junior College.

In addition to Jewish Studies, Rabbi Ostrich also taught Business Ethics for a number of years. In recent years, he has edited and composed a Sabbath prayer book (Siddur B’rit Shalom), a High Holy Day prayer book (Machzor Ki Anitani), and a Haggadah. In State College, the Rabbi is a regular teacher for OLLI, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute—a senior adult outreach program of Penn State.

Recent Courses

J ST/CAMS 004: Jewish and Christian Foundations
J ST 010: Jewish Civilization
J ST/CAMS 110: Hebrew Bible
JST 114: Modern Judaism
JST 106: Mysticism and Kabbalah

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