Rabbi Sydney Danziger
Senior Rabbi at Temple B’nai Torah
Rabbi Sydney Danziger became Temple B’nai Torah’s Senior Rabbi on July 1, 2019. Before joining TBT, Rabbi Danziger was a Rabbinic Fellow at the Kavana Cooperative. Kavana is an independent, innovative Jewish community in Seattle.
Raised in Albuquerque, Rabbi Danziger attended New York University and the University of New Mexico, graduating with a degree in Political Science and Journalism.
She then studied at an ulpan in Israel, her first experience in the Jewish homeland. After returning to the US, she became a labor union organizer for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. In 2006, she became the Director of National Initiatives for Birthright Israel NEXT, where she worked with unaffiliated young adults. This experience eventually inspired her to apply to rabbinical school.
During her time at HUC-JIR, she interned at variety of synagogues and Jewish organizations, from Temple Shaaray Tefila in New York, to Congregation Albert in New Mexico and Hillel at UCLA. As a student, Rabbi Danziger was the recipient of the coveted Schusterman Rabbinical Fellowship. Following her ordination in May of 2013 from the HUC-JIR Los Angeles campus, she served as an Assistant Rabbi at Temple Isaac M. Wise in Cincinnati for three years.
Rabbi Sydney lives in Kenmore, Washington, with her husband Benjamin, infant son Jacob, and two golden retrievers, Mel and Izzy.
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Rabbi Molly Weisel
Associate Rabbi & Religious School Director at Temple B’nai Torah
On July 1, 2020 Rabbi Molly Weisel returned to TBT, the temple in which she grew up—but this time as the associate rabbi. She is joined by her husband, Noah, and their young twins, Alice and Milo.
Rabbi Molly attended rabbinical school at Hebrew Union College, and while there, pursued her interest in the intersection of Judaism and the environment by spending several summers working for Adamah Adventures, a Jewish outdoor adventure camp based out of Atlanta. She also interned as a hospice chaplain and previously worked at Camp Kalsman. In her most recent role as Director of Education at Peninsula Temple Sholom in Burlingame, California, Rabbi Molly was a creative educator and capable administrator who led their school of 250 students through a time of transition and transformation. She also ran the B’nai Mitzvah program and loves to chant Torah and lead text study. But even after years of education and experience away from home, Rabbi Molly’s time growing up at TBT had a deep impact that remains with her to this day.
“I give a lot of credit to my experience in the youth group and camp world for wanting to become a rabbi. I always looked up to Rabbi Mirel and Cantor David Serkin-Poole. They were an incredible influence in my life. I especially remember my bat mitzvah and how Cantor David made it feel like such a personal and special experience for me. I try to do the same for all of my b’nai mitzvah students.”
Rabbi Sydney and Rabbi Molly are looking forward to leading together and bringing TBT to new heights.
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Cantor David Serkin-Poole
Cantor David Serkin-Poole retired in 2019 after 38 years with Temple B’nai Torah. You can still email him at Cantor@TempleBnaiTorah.org.
Rabbi James L. (Jim) Mirel
On July 1, 2014 Rabbi Mirel retired as our Senior Rabbi after 29 years and became our first Rabbi Emeritus. He has continued to participate in our temple community.