DAT Minyan Staff

Rabbi Joseph Friedman     |     Rob Allen, Executive Director
Mor Shapiro, Interim Youth Coordinator

Rabbi Joseph Friedman (Contact)
Rabbi Friedman has served as our Rabbi since August 2015. Before joining the DAT Minyan, he served as the full-time support chaplain with the 164th Airlift Wing, Tennessee Air National Guard, in Memphis, Tennessee, where he was one of about three Jewish Air National Guard Chaplains in the country. Prior to his military career, Rabbi Friedman served for four years as Director of the Midwest Region of NCSY, followed by pulpit positions at Beth Israel Congregation in Omaha, Nebraska and B’nai Israel Congregation in Norfolk, Virginia. He completed law school in May 2012, and was a member of the Tennessee Bar. Rabbi Friedman has written on the confluence of law and the chaplaincy, including “Pistol-Packing Padres: Rethinking Defenseless Chaplains,” and his paper on chaplain confidentiality in mandatory-reporting states is currently part of the curriculum at the Air Force Chaplain Corps College. Rabbi Friedman and his wife Melissa have six sons, three daughters-in-law, and three grandsons. Three of his sons live in Israel; two finished their IDF service, and one is currently serving in the IDF. All of the rabbi’s children are musicians, which should come as no surprise; besides playing guitar, bass, drums, and a little keyboard, Rabbi Friedman was a founder and bass player/vocalist of the band, Kesher, which later became Shlock Rock. Contact Rabbi Friedman at RabbiFriedman@datminyan.org.

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Rob Allen - Executive Director
A native of Denver, Rob’s early interests in journalism and communications led him to California where he obtained a degree in Broadcast Communications from San Francisco State University.  He has worked in newswriting and reporting for United Press International in Chicago, KUSA-TV in Denver, the ABC Radio Network and has served as US Foreign Correspondent for The MediaLine in Jerusalem. His coverage of aviation news prompted him to pursue a second career with United Airlines, where he worked for 19 years in a variety of capacities, including Airport Operations Customer Service Supervisor at Denver International Airport, Project Manager at United Corporate Headquarters in Chicago and International Customer Service Trainer, with assignments throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. As a person who values service to his community, Rob became involved as a Board Member of the Alzheimer’s Association Colorado Chapter, and took a position as Manager of Volunteers upon his retirement from United.  He also managed the Volunteer Program for the Association’s California Southland Chapter in Los Angeles, where he ultimately became a teacher and Administrative Assistant in the Jewish Studies program at Vista Del Mar Family Services, specializing in education for autistic children and services to their families. Shortly after his return to Denver two years ago, Rob was employed by BMH-BJ Congregation in the roles of Manager of Public Relations and Director of Preschool Administration. It was also his return to Denver that fueled Rob’s interest in DAT. He found that the sense of community, the vitality and the vision of Jewish growth and learning that DAT provides are a perfect fit for his skills and interests.  In his spare time Rob is a bar mitzvah coach, works with Jewish Family Service in their Jewish Disability Advocates Inclusion program, follows his musical pursuits as a performer with the Colorado Hebrew Chorale, and his writing pursuits as a lyricist and author.  You can contact Rob at rallen@datminyan.org.

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Mor Shapiro - Interim Youth Coordinator (Contact)
Bio coming soon

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Rabbi Michael (Mikey) Sunshine - Shabbat Teen Coordinator
Rabbi Sunshine, our is the director of the Jewish Student Connection in the Denver/Boulder area. JSC runs high school clubs aimed to help Jewish teens form their own identity within the Jewish community. He currently runs clubs at George Washington, East, Denver School of the Arts, Mountain Vista, and Niwot high schools. Rabbi Sunshine worked as Assistant Rabbi and Director of Youth and Adult Education at Congregation Rodfei Sholom in San Antonio, TX prior to joining the JSC team. While in San Antonio, he also taught for the Torah Learning Center, a community kollel involved with Jews from throughout the San Antonio Jewish community, and served as scholar-in-residence for the Young Leadership Department of the Jewish Federation of San Antonio and the JCC's Block and Dreeben School for Young Children. Rabbi Mikey received his rabbinic ordination from the Joseph Straus Rabbinical Seminary of Yeshivat Hamivtar/Ohr Torah Stone in Efrat, Israel and his B.A. in History from the University of Pennsylvania. One of the little known facts about Rabbi Mikey is that he is also an award winning physicist in the field of Quantum Mechanics and Relativity. His latest project is slowing down time, and fitting 36 hours into a 24-hour day. Rabbi Mikey and Ariella are the parents of four children. You can contact Rabbi Mikey via smoke signal, or by email at rabbisunshine@gmail.com.

DAT Minyan Board of Directors

David Fishman President
Joshua Baraban Vice President
Aaron Segall Treasurer
Rachel Rabinovitch Secretary
Claudia Braunstein  
Harley Rotbart  
Alex Polotsky  
Jonathan Perlmutter  

DAT Minyan Committees (in formation)

Ritual Committee Adult Education Committee
Joshua Baraban (chair) Rachel Rabinovitch (chair)
Aryeh Fischer Jayne Brandt
Ellyn Hutt Reb Noam Horowitz
Andy Kark Terry Samuel
Dovid Lev Howie Shapiro
Bara Loewenthal Rabbi Michael Sunshine
Howie Shapiro Rabbi Leib Zalesch
David Zalkin  
Finance Committee  
Aaron Segall, Treasurer (chair)  
Graeme Bean  
Claudia Braunstein  
David Fishman  
Joseph Friedman  


Sunday, May 28 2017 3 Sivan 5777