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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. He is an extraordinarily talented teacher and speaker.  Rabbi Friedman serves on the National Council of AIPAC and has grown the shul's involvement in local programming and attendance at AIPAC National Policy Conference. 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.”  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

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Rob Allen - Executive Director (Contact)
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 Jewish education for autistic children and services to their families. Shortly after his return to Denver in 2014, 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 the DAT Minyan. He found that the sense of community, the vitality and the vision of Jewish growth and learning that the DAT Minyan 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

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

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DAT Minyan Board of Directors

Mark Raphaely (Contact) President
Nathan Rabinovitch Vice President
Peter Schwartz Treasurer
Bara Loewenthal Secretary
David Fishman Immediate Past President
Dovid Friedman  
Graeme Bean  
Dorit Fischer  
Alexis Gorlin  
Miriam Mezer  
Dan Woodrow  
Glenn Zazulia  

DAT Minyan Committees (in formation)

Ritual Committee Adult Education Committee
Aryeh Fischer Ellyn Hutt
Ellyn Hutt Chaim Loewenthal
Bara Loewenthal Rachel Rabinovitch
Nathan Rabinovitch  
Eric Shafran  
Finance Committee  
Peter Schwartz, Treasurer (chair)  
Graeme Bean  
David Fishman  
Mark Raphaely  
Aaron Segall  


Tue, June 2 2020 10 Sivan 5780