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.

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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."

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