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Clergy

Rabbi Sydney Danziger

Rabbi Sydney Danziger

On July 1, 2019, Temple B’nai Torah welcomed Rabbi Sydney H. Danziger as its new senior rabbi, leading the Reform Jewish congregation whose rich history has focused on community service, social justice and liberal Judaism. 

“We’re thrilled to welcome Rabbi Sydney to lead our congregation with her enthusiastic focus on progressive worship, social action, and meaningful programs for our entire congregation, from young children to our revered seniors,” said Temple B’nai Torah President Donna Blankinship. “We especially appreciate her commitment to Tikkun Olam (repairing the world), social justice and spirituality.” 

Rabbi Sydney previously served The Kavana Cooperative, a non-denominational Jewish community in Seattle. While there, she created innovative worship and community engagement opportunities. Before her two years at Kavana, Rabbi Sydney served a more traditional Reform congregation in Cincinnati, Ohio, Wise Temple. 

“Rabbi Sydney brings a unique collection of experiences to Temple B’nai Torah, from the deep traditions of Wise Temple, one of the oldest congregations in America, to the modern, experimental nature of Kavana. We look forward to tapping her expertise and knowledge to help our congregation grow and evolve,” Blankinship said. 

Before entering rabbinical school, Rabbi Sydney worked as a labor organizer in Oakland, Calif., and registered young voters in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was ordained as a rabbi through Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles, in 2013, and earned a BA in political science, communications and journalism from New York University and the University of New Mexico in 2003. 

“I am delighted and humbled to assume the position of senior rabbi at Temple B’nai Torah during its 50th anniversary,” said Rabbi Sydney. Working in partnership with the members of Temple B’nai Torah, I am looking forward to leveraging my skills, experience and passion to create an innovative, vibrant and welcoming Jewish home for us all.”

Cantor David Serkin-Poole

Cantor David Serkin-Poole

Dear Friends,

A word of introduction—I love my work here at Temple B’nai Torah. The biggest downside to my work is that often, I am so busy with individual appointments throughout the day, that I don’t have the time or opportunity to just schmooze and get more “connected” with the members of the congregation.

Most importantly, know that I serve you, the members of Temple B’nai Torah. I work for you and want to help in any way that I can. I have served as Cantor of this holy congregation since 1980, first under the leadership of our founding Rabbi, the late Jacob Singer of blessed memory, and later, with Rabbi Mirel. 

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Please do not hesitate to give me a call at any time. You can call the office at (425) 603-9677 x215. If you get my voice mail and instructions on how to get in touch with me if it is urgent. Otherwise, I will return your call within 36 hours. You can also email me at Cantor@TempleBnaiTorah.org. I always want to be available to our members and welcome your questions and comments.

Warmly,

Your Cantor, David Serkin-Poole

Rabbi James L. (Jim) Mirel

Rabbi James L. (Jim) Mirel

Rabbi Emeritus

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.

rabbimirel@templebnaitorah.org