Senior Rabbi Aaron Meyer
In his time at TDHS, Rabbi Meyer distinguished himself as a leader in the Seattle area as well as within the national Jewish community. He led multiple Shabbat services every week inclusive of traditional and contemporary styles of worship; taught an active and diverse Torah Study group, adult education and Introduction to Judaism classes; coordinated a diverse music program inclusive of traditional and contemporary styles of worship; and maintained excellent pastoral relationships with congregants of all ages.
Rabbi Meyer strongly believes in inclusiveness as a preeminent Jewish value, welcoming interfaith families and engaging in the ongoing work of LGBTQ+ equality. He is committed to social justice and has an impressive track record of meaningful impact through his work, spearheading the TDHS Campaign for Gun Responsibility (which received a 2015 Fain Award from the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism); advocating for better support for those experiencing homelessness; testifying before the Washington and Federal legislature as a representative of the Jewish community on issues of criminal justice reform, gun responsibility, LGBTQ+ equality, a more just Farm Bill; and more. Rabbi Meyer was also co-chair of the Faith Action Network, Washington State’s largest interfaith coalition.
Rabbi Meyer earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science from The Ohio State University — Go Bucks! — and a Master’s Degree and ordination from the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati. While in rabbinical school, he participated in the U.S. Army Chaplain Candidate Program and did clinical pastoral education with Hebrew SeniorLife, the Harvard gerontology affiliate. Rabbi Meyer holds a Certificate in Gerontology from the University of Washington. He is married to Rabbi Emily Meyer and has two kids, Evelyn (3) and Eli (seven months). You may see him at the playground, walking his dog Camille, or throughout the community as an avid runner. Stop him to say hello or visit www.calendly.com/rabbimeyer to make time to talk!
“The strength of Jewish life in the South Hills is eminently clear, demonstrated by Temple’s thoughtful and committed lay leadership; inspiring staff and rabbinic team; and the warmth of the many congregants I have had the pleasure of meeting. Emily, Evelyn, Eli, and I are so excited about this opportunity to make our home in Steelers Country, building upon Rabbi Mahler’s impressive legacy and helping Temple Emanuel remain the central address for inclusive, meaningful Jewish community.”
– Rabbi Aaron