Rabbi Meir Azari
Rabbi Azari was appointed congregational Rabbi and Executive Director of Beit Daniel in 1991. He holds a B.A. degree in Jewish History and Political Science from Haifa University, and a M.A. degree in Jewish History from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. He was one of the first Israelis ordained as a Rabbi by the Hebrew Union College in 1992. He has also studied at San Francisco University and at the Graduate Theological Seminary in Berkeley, California. Rabbi Azari served as the Executive Director of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism and as a two-term chair of the Israeli MARAM (Israeli Council of Progressive Rabbis) first in 1999 – 2004 and in 2009 -2010. He currently sits on the Board of the Jewish Agency and is the Chair of the evaluation and measurement committee.
Rabbi Azari has published two books, the first taking an in depth look into Independence Day, its customs and traditions, as they have involved in Israeli society, the second an edited collection of articles introducing the prayer book, the Gates to Reform Judaism to Israelis and Hebrew readers. He has spoken at hundreds of congregations and conferences in North America as well as in Russia.
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.