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Rabbi Sydney Danziger

 

Senior Rabbi at Temple B’nai Torah


 

Looking to join a Pacific Northwest community committed to the prophetic values of our Reform Movement, Rabbi Sydney Danziger became Temple B’nai Torah’s Senior Rabbi on July 1, 2019. Before joining TBT, Rabbi Sydney was a Rabbinic Fellow with the Jewish Emergent Network at The Kavana Cooperative. Kavana is an independent, innovative Jewish community in Seattle.  

Raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Rabbi Sydney attended New York University and the University of New Mexico, graduating with a degree in Political Science and Journalism.

After graduating from college, she had the opportunity to participate in a Birthright Israel trip and visit the Jewish homeland for the very first time. After her ten day trip, she remained in Israel and studied modern Hebrew at an ulpan in Haifa for four months. 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 The Birthright Israel Foundation, where she worked with Jewish young adults who were looking to strengthen their ties to their local Jewish communities. This experience eventually inspired her to apply to rabbinical school in 2008.

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 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 loves living in the Pacific Northwest, surrounded by trees, waters and mountains. Having been raised in a desert, she loves listening to the rain while snuggling on the couch with her husband Ben, toddler son, Jacob, and two beautiful Golden retrievers, Mel and Izzy. When she is not teaching Torah, she is an interior design and renovation enthusiast and is often engrossed in a new construction project at her home in Kenmore.

Email Rabbi Sydney at rabbisydney@templebnaitorah.org


 

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Rabbi Molly Weisel

 

Associate Rabbi & Director of Education 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 children, Alice and Milo.

Rabbi Molly attended rabbinical school at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles. While there, she pursued her interest in the intersection of Judaism and the environment, writing her rabbinic thesis on the topic of "Implementing Green Theology in Reform Synagogues." Rabbi Molly spent her summers working for URJ Camp Kalsman, Adamah Adventures, a Jewish outdoor adventure camp, and interning as a hospice chaplain.

During rabbinical school, Rabbi Molly took an extra year to earn her Masters in Jewish Education. During that year she wrote a curriculum guide for adult learning on the topic of "Intentional Living: Refining Your Beliefs and Realigning Your Actions" as well as co-creating a philanthropy curriculum guide for teens.

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.

Email Rabbi Molly at rabbimolly@templebnaitorah.org

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Rabbi James L. (Jim) Mirel

 

Rabbi Emeritus


Rabbi Emeritus James L. Mirel was elected rabbi by our congregation in 1985 and served as our spiritual leader until his retirement in 2014. During his tenure he officiated at  thousands of Temple B'nai Torah's weddings, funerals, b’nai mitzvah and baby namings. 

Rabbi Mirel continues to teach and be available to us for special occasions.

Currently he serves as Rabbi of Bet Chaverim in south King County and on several boards including The Jewish Federation and Kline Galland. Rabbi Mirel is blessed to have his children and grandchildren living close by and continues to be a part of our congregation. With the help of God, he looks forward to serving Temple B’nai Torah for many years to come.

Email Rabbi James at rabbimirel@templebnaitorah.org

 
 
 
 
 
 

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Cantor David Serkin-Poole

 

Cantor Emeritus


 

After our founding rabbi died in 1982, Cantor David Serkin-Poole, a congregant, became the temple's cantor and interim spiritual leader. He served the community for 38 years until his retirement in 2019. In addition to his role as the musical heart of the congregation, he trained thousands of children to become b'nai mitzvah.

He made sure children of all abilities could participate in Jewish education at our temple and in the community. And Cantor David and his husband Michael Serkin-Poole became the faces of the movement to legalize gay marriage in Washington state.

You can still email him at Cantor@TempleBnaiTorah.org

 
 

 

Thu, October 28 2021 22 Cheshvan 5782