Rabbi Daniel Gropper believes that Judaism is a pathway to a richer, more meaningful life. He views his rabbinate as an opportunity to create sacred relationships, to help create moments of meaning and purpose, and to give people the tools and resources to be God’s partner in repairing the world.
Ordained in 1998 from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York, Rabbi Gropper has served congregations in California and Massachusetts. He holds a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters and one in Jewish Education from the Rhea Hirsch School of Jewish Education. His long-time passion for education and youth feuled his involvement as a camp Rabbi at various Jewish summer camps, including as faculty and as a member of the Board of Trustees at URJ Eisner/Crane Lake Camps and as a vice-chair of the URJ’s National Youth Commission and Commission for Lifelong Learning.
Rabbi Gropper exhibits a strong commitment to Israel, and led his sixth congregational trip to Israel in February of 2014, this time in collaboration with Rye Presbyterian Church. Currently, Rabbi Gropper serves on the Board of ARZA, the Association of Reform Zionists of America, and is a member of Hebrew Union College’s President’s Rabbinic Council, the steering committee of the Leadership Institute for Congregational School Educators.
Within his community, he serves on the Executive Committee of the Westchester Board of Rabbis, the board of trustees of the Rye Youth Council and is a founding member of the Rye Clergy Association. He is also a Board member of Kavod, a non-profit Tzedakah collective that funds programs to help those “in need” to live in dignity and honor.
Rabbi Gropper is a native of Vancouver, British Columbia. He is a former ski instructor who loves the outdoors, reading, and cooking. He and his wife Tamara and their three children, Elijah, Shai, and Noa, reside in Harrison, NY.