Clergy

Rabbi David Lipper

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Shalom Y'all,
 
The opportunity to inspire and teach is what led me to the decision to become a rabbi. I believe that Judaism holds the answers to life’s deepest questions. I am passionate about my own spirituality and I try to foster the spiritual journey in both young and old. I believe that the synagogue is the pathway through this spiritual connection is fostered. My greatest desire is to build sacred community. I believe very strongly in the power of community and the important role the rabbi plays in helping to shape it.I have always been proud of my community. We are people working to maintain and grow Judaism for the future. We have the opportunity to create the future of Jewish life and learning and inspire the next generation.   
 
I consider myself a teacher, spiritual guide, passionate social advocate, innovative worship leader, strategic thinker, fundraiser and driver of innovative congregational programming. I try to foster a sense of sacred partnership and hope to build effective long-term creative relationships with lay leaders and congregants of all ages.  
 
My rabbinic journey has taken me to many communities. I have served now as an intentional interim rabbi for Temple B’nai Chaim in Georgetown, CT, Temple B’nai Israel in Little Rock, AR and Temple Chai in San Antonio. I have served as a rabbinic resource for congregations in Panama City, Florida; Lake Charles, Louisiana; Corpus Christi, Texas and at Congregation Emanu-El in Houston, TX. And I have served the following communities as a full-time settled Rabbi: Temple Israel in Akron, Ohio, Temple Emanuel in McAllen, Texas, and Congregation Emanu-El  B'ne Jeshurun in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
 
All along the way, I have believed in the idea of Judaism as a big tent, open and welcoming to all who want to enter. That is what has brought me to Temple B'nai Torah, a congregation that embraces this idea, that has become a home to so many and has opened its arms wide for all who need. Come join me on this journey!   
 
Shalom,
Rabbi Lipper

Cantor David Serkin-Poole

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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. I am now excited for this next chapter of the TBT story with Rabbi Lipper.

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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 [email protected]. 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 Emeritus

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Rabbi 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 in cooperation with Rabbi Lipper. Rabbi Mirel also serves part time as the Rabbi of the Sun Valley, Idaho congregation fifteen weeks a year.