Temple De Hirsch Sinai Jewish Reform Synagogue - Clergy

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rabbi-weiner-130x160Rabbi Daniel A. Weiner
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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-meyer-130x160Rabbi Aaron C. Meyer
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Rabbi Aaron Meyer was born and raised in Erie, Pennsylvania. A tremendously 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.  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 fourth year with TDHS, Rabbi Meyer serves as Temple’s Associate Rabbi: he leads our congregational social justice programs and community advocacy, fosters community among members, 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."

Rabbi Jaclyn Cohen
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Rabbi Jaclyn Cohen was born and raised in Los Angeles. She grew up at Stephen S. Wise Temple, where she spent just about every Shabbat evening of her adolescence singing on the bimah. Rabbi Cohen received her BA in Religious Studies with a minor in Music from UC Davis and after college worked for several congregations and organizations in the Bay Area Jewish community. In 2008 she began her rabbinic studies at the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion’s Jerusalem campus and was ordained in May 2014 in Los Angeles. 

During rabbinical school Rabbi Cohen served as a student rabbi and rabbinic intern for several congregations, organizations, and summer camps throughout California. In 2012 she earned a Master of Arts in Jewish Education from the Rhea Hirsch School at HUC-JIR, through which she developed a curriculum for teens on Jewish identity and interfaith learning. Rabbi Cohen maintains a strong commitment to interfaith dialogue and while in rabbinical school was a fellow with the NewGround Muslim/Jewish Partnership for Change.

Rabbi Cohen is married to Joshua Cohen, a CPA by trade, tenor saxophone player, and – along with his wife – an avid hiker and cyclist. Together they are thrilled to join the De Hirsch Sinai family. Rabbi Cohen is most looking forward to developing relationships with congregants of all ages, engaging the community in meaningful worship, and sharing her passion for Torah with the Temple. Additionally, she is thrilled to serve as rabbinic liaison for The Tribe, Temple's hub of Jewish life for 20s and 30s in the greater Seattle area.

Rabbi Micah Ellenson
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Rabbi Micah Ellenson grew up in Los Angeles, California, along with his wife, Sara. They have a 4-year-old daughter, Lily. Prior to becoming a rabbi, Micah was a teacher and basketball coach for Milken Community High School and the Director of Youth Activities for Stephen S. Wise Temple for four years. Micah has a Master’s in Education from the American Jewish University and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California in Psychology. Aside from his family and Judaism, his passions include history, literature, film, music and sports.

As an educator, Micah wants to help people find a path through the Jewish community to develop their individual "spark" through both educational and community building opportunities. Micah is so excited to be the Director of Congregational Learning at De Hirsch Sinai and will make every effort to create vibrant and challenging educational, community and spiritual opportunities.   His hope is to engage congregants to grow, to "notice" and to "acknowledge" both that which is special and holy in themselves and in others. 

Cathleen Kallmeyer
Executive Assistant to the Clergy, 206.315.7394 • ckallmeyer@tdhs-nw.org

rabbimeiselsRabbi Stanley Meisels

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.