Rabbi Daniel Levin
has served as senior rabbi of Temple Beth El of Boca Raton since July of 2004, the congregation where he began his career in 1996. As the congregation’s leader, Rabbi Levin works to bring innovative and compelling programs in Jewish study, worship, and celebration to the congregation. Rabbi Levin has developed creative initiatives that bridge adult education with the religious school program, and has worked to expand Temple Beth El’s continuing education program. In addition, Rabbi Levin has developed a burgeoning program of spiritual healing and wellness, developing volunteers in the community to visit the sick and homebound, to help members of the congregation in the mourning process, and to bring Jewish spirituality to men and women who are in recovery from addiction to drugs and alcohol. Rabbi Levin serves on the Board of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, on the President’s Rabbinical Council of the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, and as a partner in the Kalsman Institute for Judaism and Health.
Before returning to Temple Beth El, Rabbi Levin served as the spiritual leader of Temple Emanu-El of West Essex in Livingston, New Jersey. In his three years with the congregation, Rabbi Levin worked to build a dynamic program of adult education and outreach to interfaith families. Rabbi Levin also worked to renovate much of the congregation’s ritual life, initiating a comprehensive review and discussion of the synagogue’s ritual practice. Rabbi Levin was active in the Livingston community, working to create a community task force to create a more spiritually and emotionally healthy environment for children, adolescents, and families. In addition, Rabbi Levin chaired the September 11 Commemoration Committee for the town. Recently, United Jewish Communities of Metrowest named Rabbi Levin one of the “Forty Jewish Leaders under 40”.
In his earlier career as Temple Beth El’s associate rabbi, Rabbi Levin coordinated and revamped Temple Beth El’s adult-education program, offering nearly thirty different learning opportunities annually to more than 300 students. He also created many of the Temple’s outreach programs to interfaith families and those who are studying to become Jews-by-choice. Rabbi Levin created a number of alternative worship opportunities for Shabbat, holidays, and the High Holidays. He served on the boards of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, Ruth Rales Jewish Family Service, and the Jewish Education Commission of South Palm Beach County. He also served as the president of the Greater Boca Raton Religious Leaders Association for two years. In addition, Rabbi Levin worked closely with Jews in recovery from drug-addiction and alcoholism as rabbinic advisor to the local chapter of JACS.
A recipient of the prestigious Wexner Graduate Fellowship, Rabbi Levin studied at the Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York campuses of the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion, and was ordained in May, 1996. He graduated from Colgate University with a degree in Philosophy and Religion in 1991, and also studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He and his wife Aimee are the parents of three children, Ari, Meredith, and Eliana.