Welcome Rabbi Daniel Kirzane

Welcome Rabbi Daniel Kirzane

Screen Shot 2015 05 29 at 12.58.04 PMThe Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah has been blessed with extraordinary rabbis, who have served the congregation during its 145-year history. As he begins his duties July 1, 2015, Rabbi Kirzane will carry on that tradition, with his demonstrated commitment to Jewish learning, spirituality, and social justice. We know the congregation and community will be well served with Rabbi Kirzane joining our professional team. He brings a love of Torah and the Jewish people and a great sense of humor. We look forward to benefiting from his rabbinical leadership. We warmly welcome him, his spouse, Jessica, and their one-year-old son, Jeremiah to B’nai Jehudah and Kansas City.

Rabbi Daniel Kirzane was ordained from Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion in May, 2014. He spent the past year as assistant rabbi to Congregation Beth Haverim Shir Shalom, in Mahwah, NJ. During this one-year appointment, Rabbi Kirzane served the congregation full-time while its senior rabbi, Joel Mosbacher, dedicated a year coordinating a national gun violence prevention campaign.

Kirzane was raised in a small congregation in Roanoke, Virginia. As he grew up, he found that his Jewish activities nourished him. That love of all things Jewish led to his eventual choice of the rabbinate.

During his studies at HUC-JIR, Kirzane served congregations in North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and Quebec. For two years, he served as the student coordinator of HUC-JIR’s (New York) Soup Kitchen, serving hot meals 52 weeks a year to hundreds of homeless and hungry in the school’s lounge area. In addition, he was a member of the American Jewish World Service Rabbinical Student Delegation to El Salvador in January 2012, studying a rights- based approach to global poverty; was a Reform Clergy Fellow for Columbia/Barnard Hillel; served on the North American Staff of URJ Kesher/Birthright Israel; and was the Student Life Coordinator for the Prozdor High School at the Jewish Theological Seminary. In addition to his rabbinic ordination, Rabbi Kirzane received a Master’s Degree in Hebrew Letters (2013), a Master’s Degree in Religious Education (2012), and wrote his rabbinical thesis on: “Making Magic: Ritual in Reform Jewish Education.”

Rabbi Kirzane was recognized by HUC-JIR for his scholarship and commitment to social justice issues through numerous fellowships, including: T’ruah Rabbinical Student Fellowship in Human Rights, Tikvah Seminar on Jews and the American Ethos, CLAL: Rabbis Without Borders Rabbinical Student Fellowship, and Wexner Graduate Fellowship. Among his rabbinical school awards and prizes are: Rabbi Samuel J. Levinson Prize for Interest and Achievement in Religion and Humanities, Rabbi Bernard M. Cohen Award for Ecumenical Studies, Anselm Rothschild Memorial Prize in Talmud, Martin Berman Memorial Prize for Proficiency in Philosophy, Rabbi Malcolm Stern Memorial Prize for Contributing to the Campus, and Herman Snyder Alumni Prize for Academic Excellence.