Rav Eric Dangott


Eric Dangott is excited and proud to serve as Surf City Synagogue’s new Spiritual Leader since July 2013.  Eric is a Huntington Beach native, and his Jewish youth was spent not far from Surf City Synagogue. His initial interest and enthusiasm in Judaism blossomed under the guidance of numerous teachers.

After graduating from the University of California, Santa Cruz, with Bachelor’s degrees in Politics and Psychology, Eric spent a year teaching English in South Korea.  A career in financial services took Eric from Orange County to San Diego, where his spiritual hunger was renewed.  Surprisingly, the rabbi of the congregation closest to Eric, Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal, was the last rabbi at Temple Sharon, and leading the service when Eric celebrated his Bar Mitzvah.

Ultimately Eric became active in Gesher, San Diego Hillel’s graduate student and young professional group, as an officer and regular lay leader.  When a professional opportunity took Eric to Tustin, as a Business Systems Analyst at SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union, he happily transferred his skills from Gesher to Surf City Synagogue. 

Eric is currently studying at the American Jewish University, and looks forward to immersing himself as a full time student in Rabbinic Studies.  It is extremely meaningful for Eric to support and develop the Jewish community in the exact place his seeds of Jewish love were first planted.  He looks forward to encouraging that same love of Judaism with the Surf City Congregation, allowing each member to tap into their Torah.