The Senior Rabbi of Temple De Hirsch Sinai since July 2001, Daniel A. Weiner strives to make community at the synagogue a ‘family of families’.Born in Cincinnati and raised in San Francisco, Rabbi Weiner received a B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of California at Los Angeles, where he was Commencement Speaker in 1986. He earned his Masters Degree from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1989. Ordained in 1991, Rabbi Weiner served as the Assistant/Associate Rabbi at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation from 1991-1996 and then as the Senior Rabbi of Temple Ohev Sholom in Harrisburg. He is the proud husband of Cynthia, and father of Julia and Benjamin.
Rabbi Weiner was a founder of Faith Forward, a cutting edge interfaith organization that highlighted and shared the inextricable bonds between progressive values and religious principles. He is a popular lecturer at Seattle University’s school of Theology and Ministry. He teaches about the intersection of film and transcendent religious values through his “Spirit on the Screen” presentations.
Weiner has been lauded for his interfaith efforts on behalf of “Partners of Jews” and his leadership of the innovative and inspiring Rock Shabbat services. His columns have appeared in the Seattle Times and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. He is a frequent guest on Seattle and Denver radio and television in the Pacific Northwest.In 2009, Rabbi Weiner published a book on the challenge of religious faith vs. personal spirituality entitled, Good God: Faith for the Rest of Us.
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Rabbi Daniel Septimus was born and raised in Houston, Texas. One of the most important experiences of his childhood was attending Episcopal High School. It was there that he developed a passion for interfaith dialogue and understands the importance of studying world religions.Rabbi Septimus attended University of Arizona for his freshman year, and eventually transferred to Tulane University, where his future wife Amanda was attending. He applied for and was accepted at Hebrew Union College immediately after graduating from Tulane. He and Amanda were married in May 2005.From a very young age, Rabbi Septimus knew that Judaism would play an integral role in his life. His inspiration and path to the rabbinate was shaped by many people. When he started college, Rabbi Septimus anticipated going to medical school. While at Tulane University, majoring in Jewish Studies, he found his passion for the academic study of Judaism. By the end of his sophomore year, he knew that he wanted to become a rabbi. "The rabbinate combined everything I wanted to do: to learn, to teach, to work with and be a part of people¹s lives, to help build community, and by doing this, to ensure that Judaism will have a strong future." Rabbi Septimus graduated and was ordained from Hebrew Union College in June of 2007."I am passionate about everything in the rabbinate. I love working with and learning from people. Whether it be lifecycle events, teaching a class and learning new perspectives from our discussions, having the opportunity to inspire a new generation of Reform Jews, or sitting across the table with members of other faiths and joining together to repair the world, every aspect of the rabbinate provides an opportunity to be a part of people's lives."
Rabbi Aaron Meyer was born and raised in Erie, Pennsylvania. A beautifully shy and awkward teenager, it took a NFTY trip to Israel and subsequent active involvement in synagogue life to find himself and his love of Judaism. Because of these experiences, Rabbi Meyer is acutely interested in teen and young adult/young family engagement, both in the synagogue and beyond its walls.
Rabbi Meyer attended The Ohio State University where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Science before his journey to the rabbinate. He worked as a full-time youth professional at Temple Israel in Columbus, Ohio, before attending the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati. Diverse experiences while in rabbinical school - the U.S. Army Chaplain Candidate Program, interning at Isaac Mayer Wise Temple, Clinical Pastoral Education with the Harvard gerontology affiliate - pale in comparison to his greatest accomplishment: marrying Rabbi Emily Meyer in November, 2011. Rabbi Emily teaches at the Seattle Jewish Community School and in various programs at Temple.
In his third year with TDHS, Rabbi Meyer serves as rabbinic liaison for the Tribe, our best-in-state congregational nexus of programming for young adults (22-35); sponsors many students for conversion; celebrates life-cycle events with congregants of all ages; and embraces all aspects of the congregational rabbinate. You might also see him around town as a Seattle Police Chaplain, chair of the Washington Coalition of Rabbis, a participant in the JFS Big Pals program, or at the dog park!
"My favorite metaphor for Jewish life is that of a waterfront, with docks of all shapes and sizes protruding into the water. Each person is looking for a dock upon which to rest, and should -and will!- continue searching until they find the perfect fit. As a rabbi and as a congregation, I believe it to be my/our responsibility to offer many creative, diverse entryways into the Jewish community so that everyone can find their place."
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Rabbi Stanley Meisels was born and raised in Seattle. After living in California and the Midwest for 35 years, he returned to Seattle in 1988. From 1988 until his retirement in 1994, he was the Associate Rabbi and Director of Education at Temple De Hirsch Sinai. While at Temple, Rabbi Meisels wrote and instituted a 30 session conversion program and created a multi-faceted adult study program, which included weekend study retreats, formal classes and private one-on-one study.
Since his retirement, Rabbi Meisels has continued to teach at Temple De Hirsch Sinai on Sunday mornings in the fall, September through November. He has taught such classes as: Rethinking God for the 21st Century, Judaism and Forgiveness, Modern Jews Engage the New Testament and a variety of Bible classes such as Introduction to Torah (How Do We Deal with the Creation Story?).
Upon leaving Seattle at age 22, Rabbi Meisels worked for United Air Lines for 10 years in San Francisco where he became involved as the Program Director of UAHC’s Camp Swig Institute. It was a short step from that to Hebrew Union College. He received his B.S. in Jewish Education at HUC in Los Angeles, and his M.A. and ordination from HUC in Cincinnati Ohio in 1970.
Rabbi Meisels’ rabbinate included positions both as pulpit rabbi as well as congregational and Jewish Day School educator. He was rabbi of Temple Beth Israel in Fresno California and the Education Director of Temple Solel in Illinois. Rabbi Meisels taught Judaic studies and wrote curriculum for Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School in Los Angeles. Before returning to Seattle he became principal of Yavneh Day School in Cincinnati.
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