Our Clergy

Rabbi Gabriel Elias

Rabbi Gabriel Elias

Rabbi Elias was born in Budapest, Hungary and is a child of survivors from the Holocaust. He was raised in an Orthodox home from a Chasidic and Ashkenazic background. His formal Jewish education began in a Vienna cheder and then at Rabbi Wasserman’s Yeshiva in Burbank, California. Rabbi Elias and his family have been active members of the Los Angeles Jewish community and local synagogues for the past 45 years.At the age of 13, Rabbi Elias left Los Angeles to attend Telshe Yeshiva in Cleveland, Ohio.
He then returned to Los Angeles to continue his education at Yeshiva University of LA and UCLA. He graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Psychology and received a law degree from the University of San Fernando. Ordained at Yeshiva Beth Midrash Lerabonim, he has worked as Executive Director and Rabbi for Congregation Mogen David for the last 28 years and is currently the senior Rabbi at Mogen David.Rabbi Elias was the driving force introducing organized basketball and baseball leagues for Orthodox children. The league, Elias/Elitzur Sports, gave Orthodox children the opportunity to participate in organized sports while still excelling in Judaic studies and keeping Shabbat. The league at one time had over 1,000 children and 500 adults playing ball. The children wore kipot and tzizits as part of their uniform. The league was the beginning of Jewish sports that now spans through all the Day and High Schools in Los Angeles. Rabbi Elias, does a great deal of counseling and outreach to the Jewish community.  He has lectured and teaches Torah studies both at Mogen David and through-out the community.Since taking over as the Senior Rabbi of Congregation Mogen David in 2000, there has been an increase in membership with the addition of 205 young families (including over 100 children). In addition to a rejuvenated Ashkenazi minyan a new Sephardic Minyan was introduced in 2002, that prays to the nusach of Aidut Hamizrah and is the beacon synagogue of all Sephardic minyanim on Pico Boulevard.Mogen David is the only shul the houses both Sephardic and Ashkenazi minyanim and is the epitome of Achdut to the Jewish people. Rabbi Elias is married to Helen Sara Schamroth Elias of Baltimore, Maryland and they have two children, Daniel and Rachel Elias.

 

Rabbi Yehuda Moses

Rabbi Yehuda Moses

Rabbi Yehuda Moses, is the spiritual leader for the Sephardic Minyan. He was raised and brought up in London in the Jewish community of Stamford Hill.; Rabbi Moses studied in Sunderland Yeshiva under the Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Shami Zahn, z’l’ and later studied in Lakewood East in Jerusalem and in the Mier Yeshiva in Jerusalem. Soon after his marriage in 1998, Rabbi Moses entered the Rabbinical High College of Jerusalem, under the auspices of the Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rav Eliyahoo Bakshi Doron.He received his Rabbinical Ordination from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. Simultaneously, he took a two-year course at Ner Le’Elef, World Center for Jewish Leadership Training and Community Outreach, which included the following subjects, Child Development, Public Speaking, Speech and Communications.In 2002 Rabbi Moses and his family moved to Los Angeles where he became the rabbi and the spiritual leader of the Nessah Young Professionals of Beverly Hills, where he held that position until coming to Mogen David four years ago.Rabbi Moses does a great deal of work within the Jewish community, including outreach to young couples, singles and college students. He also gives workshops and lectures on various topics such as Marriage, Jewish Education. Parenting, Jewish Law, Parsha and Talmud. Currently, Rabbi Moses is also a full-time teacher in the Maimonides Academy, teaching grades 5-8.

Rabbi Moses is married to his wife Dina and their four children, Eliyahou Binyamin, Shira, Yosef Chaim, and Talia.

 

 

Rabbi/Cantor Michael Abraham

Sephardic Minyan
Rabbi Michael Abraham has been teaching in Los Angeles for 12 years and is currently the assistant Rabbi at Kehilat Mogen David Sephardic Minyan and a 10th grade Rebbe at YULA Boys Campus.

He was born in Italy and grew up in Eretz Israel where he served in the IDF. He graduated Yeshiva from Nachalat David Petach Tikvah, received semikha from Kollel Beit Meir in Yerushalyim and earned a degree in Education from American Jewish University. He has taught in other institutions such as Mikdash Melekh, Shalhevet middle school and YULA Girls.

Rabbi Abraham has been in Los Angeles for the past 12 years with his wife Yisca and his four children.

 

Cantor Noey Jacobson

Ashkenazi Minyan

Noah “Noey” Jacobson is from Houston, TX. After high school, he spent two years learning at Yeshivat Sha’alvim in Israel, and graduated from Yeshiva University with a degree in English Literature. During his first year at YU, he joined the a cappella group the Maccabeats. Following the viral success of a Hanukkah parody video “Candlelight”, the Maccabeats became an overnight sensation. Since then, they have garnered over 20,000,000 views on YouTube and have performed in over 40 states and 6 continents.
After graduating, Noah took a position as Manager of Communications and Public Affairs in the Office of the President at Yeshiva University. Currently, Noey lives in Los Angeles pursuing a solo music career and teaching Tanach at Shalhevet High School.