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Rabbi Sydney Danziger

Rabbi Sydney Danziger

Temple B’nai Torah is pleased to announce that Rabbi Sydney Danziger is the new Senior Rabbi as of July 1, 2019. Most recently 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, as she likes to be called, recently stated “I am delighted and humbled to assume the position of senior rabbi at Temple B’nai Torah during its 50th anniversary. Working in partnership with the members of TBT, I am looking forward to leveraging my skills, experience and passion to create an innovative, vibrant and welcoming Jewish home for us all.”
Rabbi Sydney lives in Kenmore, Washington, with her husband Benjamin, infant son Jacob, and two golden retrievers, Mel and Izzy.

Email Rabbi Sydney at rabbisydney@templebnaitorah.org


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. 

Check the website for news and information about:

  • B’nai Mitzvah Information and Updates
  • Choir Rehearsals
  • Religious Services
  • Updates from around the world from other cantors

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.


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.