Professor Rabbi Michael Davis was a seminary professor in Chicago for 13 years. His main area of instruction was the Hebrew language.
Rabbi Davis has been clergy in the Chicago Jewish community for some 30 years. He was born in the United Kingdom and grew up in Israel as an Orthodox Jew. He received advanced Orthodox yeshiva training before moving first to the Conservative and then the Reform movement.
For most of his career, he served as a cantor (ordained by the Reform movement) in Highland Park, IL. Since 2015, his main work has been as a rabbi, now serving unaffiliated Jews (Jews who are not members of any synagogue) in the Chicago area.
During his career, Rabbi/Cantor Davis concertized locally and nationally. He was the baritone soloist in Ernst Bloch’s Sacred Service in 2014. His recordings were included in an Art Institute of Chicago exhibit.
Rabbi/Cantor Davis founded and was first president of Reform Cantors of Chicago which thrives to this day. He initiated drafted a national clergy letter calling on President Obama to refrain from attacking Iran. This letter was praised by the late Desmond Tutu of South Africa.
For clergy services such as officiating at lifecycle events, please visit Rabbi Michael Davis.