Rabbi Daniel A. Weiner
Senior Rabbi Daniel Weiner believes passionately in building Judaism for the 21st century and in healing the world through social justice. Temple De Hirsch Sinai has grown to more than 4,000 members and 1,500 families in two campuses in Seattle and Bellevue since he became Senior Rabbi in 2001.
His innovations in worship include producing “rabcasts” on video, bringing services to travelers and shut-ins on the Internet and leading a rock band in popular Rock Shabbat services. He tweets @rocknrabbidanny.
Rabbi Weiner and his team are proud to have won the Religion Action Center’s Fain Award for their campaign on gun responsibility. Rabbi Weiner is a founding member of the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility, which drafted and helped pass Initiative 594 in 2014. Work on implementation of the law and about gun responsibility continues.
His columns have appeared in The Seattle Times and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Weiner wrote “Good God: Faith for the Rest of Us” about the dangerous polarization between fanatical faith and soulless secularism.
Weiner is married to Cindy Tepper Weiner of Baltimore. They are the proud parents of Julia and Benjamin. He frequently enjoys the glorious climes of the Pacific Northwest while walking their black lab, Sadie.
Rabbi Aaron C. Meyer
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. Rabbi Meyer is acutely interested in teen and young adult/young family engagement, both in the synagogue and beyond its walls, because of these experiences.
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 accomplishments: marrying Rabbi Emily Meyer in 2011 and raising Evelyn, born December, 2015. Rabbi Emily leads Congregation Bet Chaverim and teaches at the Seattle Jewish Community School and in various programs at Temple.
In his fifth year with TDHS, Rabbi Meyer serves as Temple’s Associate Rabbi: he leads our congregational social justice programs and community/legislative advocacy; fosters community among members; sponsors many students for conversion; celebrates weddings and life-cycle events with congregants of all ages; and embraces all aspects of the congregational rabbinate. "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
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 as an educator and cantorial soloist 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 began serving Temple De Hirsch Sinai in July 2014. She is passionate about bringing Torah to life, creating meaningful opportunities for sacred worship and exploring innovative ways of engaging with Jewish tradition. In addition to her work with the greater congregational family, Rabbi Cohen is thrilled to serve as rabbinic liaison for The Tribe, Temple's source of social, educational and spiritual connection for those in their 20s and 30s. In January 2015 The Tribe re-launched its monthly Shabbat offering for young adults, Fourth Shabbat with The Tribe, featuring the soulful sound of the Nefesh band with Rabbi Cohen on vocals.
Rabbi Cohen is married to Joshua Cohen, a CPA by trade, tenor saxophone player, and – along with his wife – an active participant in the building of Jewish community. In December 2015 Rabbi Cohen and Joshua welcomed a son, Avi Samuel. Together the Cohens continue to enjoy exploring Seattle and the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
Rabbi Micah Ellenson
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.