Clergy & Staff

Rabbi Jaymee Alpert
Senior Rabbi

Rabbi Jaymee Alpert joined Congregation Beth David in Saratoga, CA, as Senior Rabbi in the summer of 2018.  She is passionate about Jewish life and strives to create a warm, inviting atmosphere, where people from all backgrounds are welcome, and all questions are valid. She cares deeply about interfaith, interdenominational, and community relations and is an active member of the Saratoga Ministerial Association and on the board of the Addison-Penzak JCC.

Rabbi Alpert is interested in the connection between spirituality and physical activity.  She has created a Shabbat morning hiking service and is the co-creator of Neshama Body and Soul, a practice that combines exercise with prayer, in order to help participants connect their physical and spiritual lives.

Prior to moving to Northern California, Rabbi Alpert had spent a lifetime in the Northeast, most recently serving Congregation Kneses Tifereth Israel in Port Chester, NY.  While in Port Chester, she was the chaplain for the local Police and Fire Departments, member of the Port Chester Board of Ethics, and past president of the Westchester Board of Rabbis.  She is also a Rabbis Without Borders fellow.

Rabbi Alpert is a graduate of Brandeis University, holds master’s degrees in Jewish Education and Jewish Women’s Studies, and was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2003. Contact

Rabbi Daniel Pressman
Emeritus

Rabbi Emeritus Daniel Pressman was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He had a rich Jewish upbringing. His parents, Rabbi Jacob and Marjorie Pressman, modeled devotion to Judaism and community. Camp Ramah and United Synagogue Youth gave him formative Jewish experiences. He graduated from UCLA, while also attending the University of Judaism, and was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York.

Rabbi Pressman served Congregation Ner Tamid in Palos Verdes, California for seven years before coming to Congregation Beth David.  He was active in leadership roles both locally and nationally. He originated the Torah Sparks on the weekly Torah portion for the USCJ, now appearing in five volumes as Torah Encounters. Rabbi Pressman served as our Senior Rabbi for 33 years until his retirement in 2014. He recently served as a Transitional Rabbi for Congregation Shearith Israel in Dallas, Texas. Contact

Barbara Biran
Director of Operations & Ritual

As Director of Lifecycle Events and Synagogue Ritual, Barbara has mastered her skills with Rabbi Pressman, Rabbi Schonbrun and with our former Hazzan, Melanie Fine.  Barbara tutors all of our B’nei Mitzvah students – adults as well as children.  Additionally Barbara teaches in the Religious School supervises the kitchen staff, manages the cemetery, the memorial wall and works with the Rabbis on Ritual related projects.

As Interim Director of Operations, Barbara handles issues regarding our facility, staff and operations. Responsible for Beth David membership issues relating to prospective members and new members. Maintains database information. Contact