David Bloom is a Louisville native and second year rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati. He graduated summa cum laude from Indiana University, Bloomington with B.A.s in Jewish Studies, Religious Studies, and French. Throughout his undergraduate career, he served the university in various capacities as, for example, a member of the College of Arts & Sciences Student Advisory Board and of the College Academic Fairness Committee. Active in the Jewish community in Bloomington, he held numerous positions at the Helene G. Simon Hillel Center where he served on the Executive Student Board and led services. He also became deeply involved in promoting interfaith cooperation on campus through various initiatives and by founding an interfaith student organization. A recipient of many prestigious academic awards, he founded the Undergraduate Journal of Jewish Studies and wrote his honors thesis on the conception of personhood in ancient Israel as portrayed in Genesis 2:7. During his year in Jerusalem, he volunteered at an absorption center for Ethiopian immigrants where he worked with children. A Fourth Degree Black Belt, he enjoys study and teaching martial arts in his spare time.