Rabbi Daniel Mikelberg
Rabbi Daniel Mikelberg prides himself on being a homegrown Canadian rabbi. He grew up in Vancouver, BC, active in the Reform movement. He started off on a science path at the University of British Columbia before discovering his passion for everything Jewish. He completed his studies at Hebrew Union College—Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles and was ordained in May 2008. After his ordination, Rabbi Mikelberg had the unique opportunity to return to Temple Sholom, his home synagogue in Vancouver as Assistant Rabbi. In 2011 Rabbi Mikelberg became Associate Rabbi of Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto. Since 2019, Rabbi Mikelberg has been the Senior Rabbi of Temple Israel of Ottawa.
Rabbi Mikelberg prides himself in forming trusting relationships, officiating meaningful life cycle events, and exciting people of all ages about their Judaism. He is a strong progressive voice for tikkun olam and inclusivity. Rabbi Mikelberg has excelled at inspiring people with his words of Torah, experimenting with innovative worship practices, redesigning and implementing tot activities for young families, overseeing pastoral care and spearheading young adult initiatives. Rabbi Mikelberg spent two years living in Jerusalem and is an ardent voice for Israel. Rabbi Mikelberg has volunteered on service projects in El Salvador, Cuba, and Ghana.
Outside the synagogue, Rabbi Mikelberg loves Scrabble, anything to do with Mac computers and skiing. Rabbi Mikelberg is married to Zachary Paul, a high school teacher with the Ottawa School Board. Together they have a young son named Jacob.
Web Publications by Rabbi Mikelberg
- Creating Successful Tot Shabbats: How We Did It, URJ Blog, July 30th, 2018 (https://urj.org/blog/2018/07/30/creating-successful-tot-shabbats-how-we-did-it)
- A Time for Silence and a Time to Speak Up, WUPJ Torah from Around the World, April 2017 (https://wupj.org/library/the-weekly-portion/1065/torah-from-around-the-world-373/)
- Reform Congregations Vibrant and Strong All Over the World, URJ Blog, Sept 29th, 2016 (https://urj.org/blog/2016/09/29/reform-congregations-vibrant-and-strong-all-over-world)
- Investing in the Next Generation: The URJ’s Emerging Young Adult Initiatives Community of Practice, URJ Blog, Aug 11th, 2014 (https://urj.org/blog/2014/08/11/investing-next-generation-urj’s-emerging-young-adult-initiatives-community-practice)
- A Rabbi and a Farmer Trade Jobs, Jewish Independent, June 15th2012 (http://www.jewishindependent.ca/oldsite/archives/june12/archives12june15-05.html)
Rabbi Steven H. Garten, Rabbi Emeritus
Rabbi Garten has been overseeing the direction and curriculum of the Religious school since 2007. The expansion of the Temples commitment to Tzedakah projects, interreligious dialogue, programming which strengthens the relationship between Temple members and the State of Israel bring him great joy. In addition the ongoing commitment of members to Jewish study, either through traditional Jewish texts or modern Jewish literature is a source of great Nachas.This sacred community is one which has helped the Rabbi continue his journey to greater belief and understanding of the Divine experience in our lives. All the members of Temple have helped along this path. Rabbi Garten teaches widely in the community and is active in Ottawa’s interfaith dialogues. He has led many congregational trips to Israel and travels to Eretz Yisrael as often as possible. Rabbi Garten was born in New York City but has lived in canada for over thirty years. He is married and is the father of two University graduates, both of whom celebrated B’nai Mitzvah at Temple Israel and served as president of FROSTY. He is an avid player of the game of golf hoping one day to become a golfer.
Rabbi Steven Garten, Temple Israel’s longest serving spiritual leader, has requested and been granted by the Temple Board retirement one year early, effective 30 June 2014.
Rabbi Steven Garten retires after more than 19 years at Temple Israel, Ottawa Jewish Bulletin, January 2014