Rabbi Betzel serves the Greater Columbus metro area where he officiates life-cycle events for Jewish and interfaith families. Rabbi Betzel also serves as an Ohio Ambassador for Sar El–The National Project for the Volunteers for Israel. Rabbi Betzel spends several weeks each year in Israel volunteering on various IDF bases.
Rabbi Betzel was ordained as a Rabbi in July, 2017 through JSLI—The Jewish Spiritual Leaders Institute, located in New York City. Prior to beginning his Rabbinic Studies, Rabbi Betzel earned an M.A. in Jewish Studies from Gratz College. Prior to his ordination, Rabbi Betzel also attended The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, Israel.
Rabbi Betzel also earned a Juris Doctorate from The Ohio State University College of Law. He has practiced law and provided financial services for most of his adult life; however, he has always found time to be active in his synagogue and to teach. He has taught Hebrew Classes, served as a Bnai’ Mitzvah tutor, a Confirmation Class teacher and has taught many Adult Education Classes at his synagogue.
Rabbi Betzel’s goal is to use his varied educational and life experiences to assist others in creating meaningful life cycle events that are both enjoyable and memorable.
Rabbi Betzel explains that Judaism must serve the Jew, not the other way around. This is the guiding principle of his work as a Rabbi. “To serve each individual Jew requires each of us to view our tradition as organically changing. Judaism is an overarching umbrella, ever expanding to INCLUDE rather than exclude; to EMBRACE rather than reject. How can we reject when we know that God LOVES each person? It is only in this manner that the Jewish people will be an eternal blessing to humankind.”
Rabbi Betzel lives in Gahanna, Ohio with his wife of 31 years, Elizabeth. Rabbi Betzel and his wife have two beautiful children, Anna who is a graduate student in New York City, and Kye an undergraduate student in Columbus, Ohio.
Website: Rabbi Daniel Betzel