Darren has served the Jewish Community Project in Lower Manhattan and Temple Shaaray Tefila in New York City. He's done international relief work in Israel and Africa, served a High Holy Day pulpit in South Africa, worked for over ten years as Jewish Camps for the Reform Movement and served as a Chaplain in the US Army. He is a blogger on Beliefnet.com and hosts a podcast on iTunes, both called, Positive Judaism: A Rabbi's Guide to Happiness and Wellbeing.
His academic and pastoral interests rest at the intersection of psychology and religion and moral education. With pastoral and academic expertise in childhood grief, he regularly counsels children who have experienced the recent loss of a parent or close loved one. Darren is the Team Rabbi for Maccabi USA — Jewish pride through sports — and is the coach of his son's sports teams. A native of California, Darren is a graduate of University of California, Santa Cruz.
He is a member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the International Positive Psychology Association, and is the author of: Positive Judaism: A First Glance for Clergy and Jewish Educators, CCAR Journal, Summer 2017; Tzimtzum: Withdrawl Empowers Community, Sh'ma Magazine, April 2009; Building Community from Within, CCAR Journal, Fall 2008; The Inter and Intra-Psychic Influences On God Imagery During Early Childhood, Doctoral Thesis, Spring 2008; Religious Colonialism in Uganda, The Jewish Week, January 30, 2004; Taking T’shuvah Personally: Reflections On Our Relationships, UAHC 2001; Walking on Eggs: Legal Issues Facing Rabbis, CCAR Journal, Fall 1996 with Rabbi Arthur Gross Schaeffer.