DR. DAVIN WOLOK is a graduate of Columbia University (B.A. in philosophy, Phi Beta Kappa) and of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (B.H.L. in Bible). His M.A. and Ph.D., both in philosophy, are from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His dissertation was a study of two modern Jewish philosophers and is entitled, “Meeting and Mystery: Toward a Synthesis of Buber and Heschel.” Dr. Wolok has taught Jewish thought at the Hebrew College of Greater Boston, offering courses both at the college and high school levels, and philosophy at the Middlesex and Massachusetts Bay Community Colleges. He has given talks on Jewish thought in the community at large and at meetings of the Association for Jewish Studies and on philosophy at Brandeis University, Wellesley College and the University of Alabama.
Dr. Wolok is a trained cantor, having studied with Chazzan Gregor Shelkan, the late cantor of Congregation Mishkan Tefila and president of the Cantors Assembly. Before becoming a member of the Mishkan Tefila clergy, Dr. Wolok was the cantor of Temple Shalom of Milton, having also served as a High Holiday cantor at synagogues in both New England the South, including Temple Israel of Natick. He is currently a student of the Alexander Technique, a method used by singers, actors, athletes and others “to join the naturalness of functioning in a child with the maturity of consciousness in an adult.” His teacher is Ms. Andrea Matthews, a concert and operatic artist and member of the voice faculty of Wellesley College.
He is married to Carol Lurie-Wolok. They have one daughter, Rina, and reside in Brookline.