- Published: 20 October 2015 Parent Category: About Us Category: Our Clergy
Rabbi Michael Datz
Rabbi Michael Datz is a native of Houston, TX and a graduate of Rice University (’78), the University of Houston School of Law (’82), and Cincinnati’s Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (’87). Following ordination he served congregations in Johannesburg, South Africa and Curacao, N.A. Rabbi Datz has two children, Nathan and Geoffrey, both born and reared in Springfield.
2015, marks Rabbi Datz’s 28th year in the rabbinate. It is, also, his 23rd year as the spiritual leader of Temple B’rith Sholom. When asked why he’s been here so long, he will tell you unhesitatingly – and echoing the thoughts of many here – “Springfield is a nice place to live; my children have grown up here; we have a warm and wonderful Jewish community; and the people here have come to mean a great deal to me. I am very blessed to have found this place.”
In addition to his work with the Jewish community, Rabbi Datz has served on the boards of the Central Illinois Foodbank, the Springfield Board of Community Relations, the Greater Springfield Interfaith Association, and the Liturgical Arts Festival of Springfield. He is an occasional contributor to the local newspaper, an outspoken advocate for Israel, and has had a short story published in Jewish Humor Stories for Kids, by Pitspopany Press. Rabbi Datz enjoys cooking, gardening, musical theatre, writing, and travel. Anything else, Rabbi? “Yeah, I love Judaism and love being Jewish.”