Bridge Over Troubled Water
Beth Am is honored to welcome Meir Azari, dynamic Senior Rabbi of Beit Daniel, a progressive Israeli synagogue and community center that embodies the values of equality and pluralism. Rabbi Azari will provide an Israeli Reform rabbi's perspective on current events, Reform Judaism in Israel, and the future of American-Israeli relations.
*This service will be live video streamed. By entering the Sanctuary, you give Beth Am permission to record you.
Rabbi Azari has served as Senior Rabbi of Beit Daniel since 1991. Under his leadership, Beit Daniel has brought Reform Judaism from the margin to the center of Tel Aviv's religious and educational life, and has become one of the leading cultural institutions in the city. From 1986-1989, he served as Executive Director of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism. He has spoken at hundreds of congregations and conferences in North America and throughout Europe.
Under his leadership and with support from the Daniel Family and many others, Beit Daniel has grown into the Daniel Centers for Progressive Judaism with three Kehilot throughout Tel Aviv-Jaffa. Under his leadership, Mishkenot Ruth Daniel, a guesthouse and tours and seminars center that hosts 50,000 guests every year, was established.
Rabbi Azari’s wife is a career diplomat at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and currently serves as the Ambassador to Poland. Previously, she served as Ambassador to Russia and Ukraine. They have two children, Adam and Dafna.
Rabbi Azari was ordained by the Hebrew Union College, and received his B.A. in Jewish History and Political Science from Haifa University. Over the years, he has studied at Hebrew University, San Francisco University and the Graduate Jewish Theological Seminary in Berkeley, CA.
In November 2017, Rabbi Azari was honored to receive an Honorary Doctorate from Hebrew Union College as well as the International Humanitarian Award from the World Union for Progressive Judaism and Women of Reform Judaism at the URJ Biennial in December of 2017. He is the first Reform Rabbi to receive such a prize. The prize recognized his contributions to Progressive Judaism in Israel and around the world.