When our daughter was turning bat mitzvah age we were looking for a rabbi who would work with us. We had joined countless synagogues over the
years but could not find the right place for our family.
We couldn't find the right combination of spirituality and a place that could offer us the freedom to explore new meaning in old texts, embrace non-traditional and new customs. We wanted something (or someone) that spoke to our family and more importantly, our daughter.
Miraculously, we found Rabbi Hanniel Levenson. What an amazing rabbi and an incredible human being. I think we were the very first family that he tutored and officiated for a bat mitzvah.
Rabbi Levenson heard everything we wanted to do and together we all wrote our own prayer book with traditional prayers as well as wonderful and original materials. We created something new and unique for our family and Rabbi Levenson sensitively shepherded us.
Hanniel also gave our daughter a unique, spiritual journey over the course of the year before her bat mitzvah that was so special and meaningful to her.
We are forever grateful to Hanniel for his thoughtfulness, kindness, expansive mind and his openess to something new. He will always hold a special place in our hearts. He is an amazing person and an amazing rabbi.