Rabbi Dan Betzel




Conversion requirements

Brit milah/Hatafat dam brit:

Not required



Beit din:

Required (Rabbis, educators, and/or lay leaders)

Conversion location:

Columbus, Ohio

Mentoring sessions available in:

English, A different language

Conversion requirements during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Brit milah/Hatafat dam brit:

Not required (No change)


Required (Natural mikvah - A permissible body of water in Columbus, Ohio)

Beit din:

Required (Virtual beit din via video conferencing is also acceptable.)

I am happy to work with

Families with children, People who identify as LGBTQ+, People in interfaith or dual-faith relationships

Personal statement

I’m an independent, progressive, post-denominational rabbi who enjoys working with students from diverse religious, educational, and family backgrounds. I have personally experienced the beauty, meaning, and transformative power of our traditions and rituals and want to share that experience with others. I believe each of us must find their own unique connection to our tradition and create meaningful rituals to express that connection.

I became a rabbi later in life, because I love working with people and enjoy accompanying them on their journey of spiritual discovery. Before becoming a rabbi, I worked as a Jewish educator and b’nai mitzvah (coming-of-age ceremony)  tutor. My role is to help others find their own unique and meaningful ways to unlock and open up our shared traditions. If we work together, I will strive to listen to your hopes, dreams, and concerns about your spiritual journey. Together we will forge a path of spiritual discovery that weaves together the customs and rituals you find most meaningful with your modern sensibilities.

In a former life, I worked as an attorney and financial advisor. I have been married for 34 years, and we have two wonderful adult children. My wife and I love to travel, read, watch great movies, and attend concerts, musicals, and lectures. Wishing you Be-Chatz-la-cha (Good luck) on your journey!


Gratz College
Master of Arts, Jewish Studies

The Ohio State University – Moritz College of Law
Juris Doctorate, Law

Bowling Green State University
Master of Arts, German

Cedarville University
Bachelor of Arts, English

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