Rabbi Daniel Utley has served Temple Emanu-El since 2016. Rabbi Dan aspires to help millennials, teens, and families find joy, meaning, and connection through Jewish life.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Rabbi Dan studied Physics and Music Education, graduating from The College of Wooster in 2005. After college, he became a high school band director and spent many a Friday night on the marching band field before pursuing the rabbinate. Rabbi Dan was ordained from the Los Angeles campus of Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion where he earned an M.A. in Hebrew Letters and an M.A. in Jewish Education from the Rhea Hirsch School of Education in 2016.
Rabbi Dan first developed a love for Judaism, Jewish community and Jewish music while growing up at The Temple -Tifereth Israel in Cleveland and as a camper and staff member of the URJ Goldman Union Camp Institute in Zionsville, Indiana. Rabbi Dan is a lifelong supporter of Jewish summer camping and proudly served year-round on staff at URJ Camp Newman in Santa Rosa, CA. Rabbi Dan serves on faculty at URJ Greene Family Camp here in Texas!
At Temple Rabbi Dan has overseen an award-winning initiative to help the Jewish community better affirm and welcome individuals identifying as LGBTQ. He continues to work with staff and lay leaders to prioritize and deepen Jewish teen engagement in all aspects of congregational life and Rabbi Dan regularly teaches and leads worship for Dallas’ growing Jewish 20s-30s population. Rabbi Dan is proud to be a fellow in the Jewish Education Project’s Generation Now Fellowship for senior leaders in the field of Jewish Teen Engagement. He firmly believes that Judaism provides the authentic spiritual tools and deft moral guidance to help teens and emerging adults thrive in today’s complex, challenging world.
Daniel, his wife Rachel (also a Jewish Educator), and their three children Eitan, Judah and Benji are blessed to call Dallas home. You may find them walking, biking, or gardening their way through the Far North neighborhood any day. Rabbi Dan enjoys playing trombone, guitar and banjo – even sometimes on the bima!
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