Danny Burkeman

Rabbi Burkeman joined Temple Shir Tikva in July 2017 coming to us from The Community Synagogue in Port Washington, New York, a growing congregation of over 700 families, where he served as Associate Rabbi since 2011. Prior to that time, he served as Associate Rabbi in the West London Synagogue, the flagship congregation of the British Reform movement and the synagogue in which he was raised.

Rabbi Burkeman was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (Los Angeles campus) in 2009. He is a 2001 graduate of Robinson College of Cambridge University and holds a Master of Arts from that institution as well as from the Centre for Jewish Christian Relations in Cambridge, England.

In his previous position he introduced innovative forms of Shabbat worship, as well as a yoga service on Sunday mornings for religious school parents. He teaches Torah to adults and children, and he has been a leader in worship and educational innovation. He has guided individuals, couples and families from birth to death, in every life cycle moment, fostering strong interpersonal relationships and deepening their connection to the synagogue. He leads in an inclusive way, having partnered with congregants to create new ways to find meaning through synagogue involvement and Jewish tradition.

The rabbinate has allowed Rabbi Burkeman to live his passion for teaching and creating community. He has written, “There is something wondrous when people come together to study and form community, giving new life to ancient words in the modern world. As a teacher, I create experiences for congregants and families to grow and develop on their own Jewish journey, bringing more meaning into their contemporary lives, and bringing them closer to their tradition, God, and our community.” He is unafraid to use innovative ways to accomplish those objectives.

Engaging young families and the next generations of our community is a passion of Rabbi Burkeman’s. He retained 90% of the post b’nai mitzvah families in his previous synagogue by cultivating strong relationships with them and among themselves, and by ensuring that youth programming is engaging and relevant. He created and led a family Israel trip with a specific teenage track and strong follow up. He added a digital learning component to the b’nai mitzvah Torah study program. He revitalized the Brotherhood with a father-son sports program. He launched a learning program for women in their thirties and forties.

Eager to ensure that he continues to hone all the skills necessary to lead in the 21st century, he is a lifelong learner: he was a member of the highly selective, inaugural cohort of the UJA Federation of New York Rabbinic Fellowship for Visionary Leaders. He has obtained a certificate in Principles and Techniques of Fundraising from the Lilly School of Philanthropy of Indiana University, and he is currently obtaining a certificate in non-profit management from the University of Texas, Austin.

A dual citizen of Great Britain and Israel (his father is British and his mother is Israeli), Rabbi Burkeman is a proud Zionist. Acknowledging the complexities of modern Israel, he seeks to build strong connections between American Jewry and Israel. He hopes to continue to lead trips to Israel, knowing that the best way of forming connections is to visit. His maternal grandparents live in Tel Aviv, and his paternal grandmother and his parents live in Great Britain.

While his synagogue is the focal point of his work, Rabbi Burkeman understands the value in partnering with the broader Jewish and secular communities. He is a member of many Jewish organizations, locally, nationally and internationally, often serving in leadership roles, and has served on the faculty of URJ summer camps. He enjoys partnerships with local Christian and Muslim clergy and looks forward to building new relationships in our local and broader community.

Rabbi Danny (as he prefers to be called) met his wife Micol in a Jewish Theology class at HUC in Jerusalem, where she was studying for a Masters in Jewish Education. She has served in numerous roles throughout her career, including as a Congregational Education Director, as an Educational Consultant and as the National Director of NFTY. Currently she is the Director of the Experiential Jewish Education Network, a professional learning network for experiential Jewish educators. A child of the Reform movement, Micol’s father and brother are both Reform Rabbis and the eleventh and twelfth generation of Rabbis in their family. They are the proud parents of Gabriella and Benjamin.