On Jan. 8, 2019, the members of Temple B’nai Torah voted to approve the recommendation of the Board of Directors and the Rabbinic Search Committee to welcome Rabbi Sydney Danziger as our new senior rabbi as of July 1, 2019.
Most recently, Rabbi Sydney Danziger was a Rabbinic Fellow at the Kavanah 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 ulpan in Israel, her first experience in the Jewish homeland. After returning to the United States, 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 a 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 Sydney 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, says, “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, WA, with her husband Benjamin, infant son and two golden retrievers.