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Rabbi David is the son of Rabbi Eric and Pam Tokajer (Brit Ahm
Messianic Synagogue in Pensacola, Florida). He accepted his Messiah at a
very young age and has walked in relationship with Him his whole life
life. He has also known that he had a calling from GOD on his life to
become a rabbi since he was a child. He graduated from W.P. Davidson
High School in Mobile, Alabama in May 2001. In October 2001, he married
his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, Rebbitzen Danielle,
daughter of Rabbi Paul and Sally Collins (Beit Israel Messianic
Synagogue in Bayou La Batre, Alabama). David and Danielle both, more or
less, grew up in Congregation Tree of Life, a Messianic Congregation in
Mobile, Alabama where they also served as the youth leaders, and David
served on the worship team. They also helped in planting Messianic
Synagogues across the Gulf Coast, and Rabbi David served as the
assistant rabbi at Beit Israel with Rabbi Paul for several years.
In 2004, Rabbi David and Rebbitzen Danielle moved to Nyack, New York
where they attended Nyack College; David studied in the Messianic Jewish
Studies program attached to Nyack College's Pastoral Ministries degree.
While in New York he also served for five years under Rabbi David
Rosenberg and Rabbi Matt Rosenberg (now at Restoration, A Messianic
Synagogue in Seattle, Washington) at Shuvah Yisrael Messianic Synagogue
in Long Island as the rabbinic intern. It was while in New York serving
at Shuvah Yisrael and studying at Nyack College that both David and
Danielle grew tremendously in their marriage, giftings and callings.
In January 2009, while still in New York, Danielle gave birth to
their first miracle child, a beautiful daughter named Elyana Lirona
(meaning "GOD has answered me, I have joy"). In May 2010 they moved to
Thomasville, Georgia where Rabbi David took a position as associate
rabbi at Beit Shalom Messianic Synagogue under Rabbi Robert Ackerman. In
October 2010 Danielle gave birth to their second miracle child, a
handsome son named Natanel Ben-Ami (meaning "gift of GOD, son of my
people"). They spent a little over two years working at Beit Shalom
where they saw a lot of spiritual growth, both in themselves and in the
congregation, and were tremendously blessed with both phenomenal
experience and training.
In June 2011 GOD called Rabbi David and Rebbitzen Danielle away from
Beit Shalom and Thomasville in order to begin a new chapter in their
life and ministry. In August 2011 through an already existent work out
of and with the help of Brit Ahm in Pensacola, Florida, they began
Congregation Mayim Chayim, "The Eastern Shore's Messianic Synagogue", in
Daphne, Alabama. The synagogue is now three and a half years old and
thriving, and they purchased their building in October of 2014.
David also serves as the Coordination Manager of the Editorial Department for The Messianic Times.