Rabbi Daniel Utley
Rabbi Daniel Utley serves as Associate Rabbi at Temple Emanu-El of Dallas, TX. Rabbi Dan aspires to help teens, millennials, and individuals on the fringes of Jewish community find meaning, and relationships. A native of Cleveland, OH, Rabbi Dan studied Physics and Music Education at The College of Wooster, graduating with honors in 2005. After a career as a high school band director, Rabbi Dan studied at HUC-JIR in Los Angeles, earning an M.A. in Hebrew Letters, an M.A. in Jewish Education, and rabbinic ordination.
Rabbi Dan developed an early love for Judaism through The Temple -Tifereth Israel in Cleveland and URJ Goldman Union Camp Institute in Zionsville, IN. Currently, Rabbi Dan oversees award-winning initiatives for LGBTQ inclusion, innovative small groups for young couples and parents, teen engagement and teen advocacy, and conversion. He has helped Temple Emanu-El prioritize Jewish teens in congregational life and demonstrate that Judaism provides the authentic spiritual tools and deft moral guidance to help people thrive in today’s complex, challenging world. Rabbi Dan is a proud member of the Jewish Education Project’s Generation Now Fellowship.
Dan, his wife Rachel, an amazing Jewish educator and organizer, and their three boys can be found walking, biking, or gardening their way through the Dallas any day.