Rabbi Daniel Victor, also known as Reb Victor, comes to Temple Beth-El having spent six years in the pulpit and always carrying a deep love for God, Torah, and Am Yisrael. He received his rabbinic ordination and a Masters in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. At the Seminary, his extracurricular work as a Gabbai for the Women’s League Seminary Synagogue, as the coordinator of a rabbinical student Jewish holiday outreach initiative, and as captain of the JTS Softball team shows a commitment to diverse Jewish experiences and to infusing Judaism into all areas of life. Among awards and scholarships received, Rabbi Victor was given the Alexander Shapiro Memorial Fellowship, presented by the National Camp Ramah Commission for multiple years of service to the Ramah family.
Rabbi Victor is prepared to meet the challenges of the contemporary Conservative Jewish Movement; as our spiritual guide, story-teller, pastoral care giver, and educator, both formally and informally — spanning all ages and interests. His attention and care for people during life cycle transitions, his ability to
make Torah relevant to people’s relationships and daily life, and his passion for spirited and joyful spiritual experiences comes from deep in his kishkes and he tries to live by our most sacred Jewish values such as kindness, tolerance, collaboration, and awareness of a united sacred purpose.
Rabbi Victor's professional and life experiences indicate his many interests, talents, and resources. Beginning in July of 2014 Rabbi Victor joined a cohort of spiritual practitioners referred to as DLTI: The Davvenen' Leadership Training Institute housed at Camp Isabella Freidman. In the summer of 2015 he began studying story-telling with renowned Maggid (spiritual story-teller) Yitzhak Buxbaum. For a year during rabbinical school he took a position as Rabbi in Residence at the East Midwood Hebrew Day School in Brooklyn, NY and for one summer he worked as an educational consultant at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires. He also spent many summers at Camp Young Judaea Sprout Lake in Verbank, NY and at Camp Tel Yehudah in Barryville, NY.
Rabbi Victor is committed to the ideals of the Conservative movement, "Tradition and Change." Earlier in his career he served both as student Rabbi and Rabbinic Intern in a number of communities and cultures, including, The Emanuel Synagogue, in West Hartford, CT, the Hebrew Congregation of Wichita, KS, and Congregation Shaare Torah in Gaithersburg, MD; all the while working with special diligence in developing ways of enhancing traditional and alternative spiritual practices.
Rabbi Victor is a seemingly boundless resource of creativity and Jewish knowledge that is both engaging and inspiring. He designed and implemented a Rosh Hashanah Family Service around the theme of prayer based as a hike through nature. He created an adult education class on Mitzvot based on A.J. Jacobs book “Living Biblically.” Rabbi Victor is very comfortable with the young adult community having developed weekly dinner groups with young professionals in Syracuse and most recently a Facebook 20’s and 30’s group in Bridgeport, CT through which we held events and took trips to New York City.
A native of Newton, MA, (Yes, he is a Red Sox and Patriots Fan) Rabbi Victor is the son of Michael and Serene Victor. His father is a skilled ba’al korei (Torah reader) and a long-time member of the internationally acclaimed Zamir Chorale of Boston. His mother, Serene Victor, is a major figure in Jewish education, having served as consultant for Synagogue Education for the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, lecturer and faculty member at Brandeis University, and a mentor and resource for Jewish educators throughout the world.
Rabbi Victor has a son Max and a daughter Noa.