Rabbi Siegel received a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Minnesota (1970), a Bachelor of Hebrew Literature from the University of Judaism in Los Angeles (1974), and a Master of Arts in Judaica (1976) and rabbinical ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York (1978). He was awarded a Doctor of Divinity (honoris causa) by JTS in 2005. Rabbi Siegel's professional accomplishments include serving as a pulpit rabbi in Vancouver, BC, Minneapolis, MN, and Houston, TX. He was also the founding director of the Solomon Schechter Day School of St. Louis in 1981. During a hiatus from congregational work, Rabbi Siegel worked as a Hospice chaplain for a large HMO in Minneapolis. He has staffed and directed Jewish summer camps, served as a chaplain in the U.S. Navy, and began his career teaching speech and English in a Portland, OR public high school. Rabbi Siegel's honors include: The Rae & Edmund Hecht Houston Jewish Community Rabbinic Award, Congressional Recognition for Work with Hunger & Homelessness, Hennepin County (MN) Award of Distinction for Work with Hunger and the Lillian M. Lowenfield Prize in Practical Rabbinics from the Jewish Theological Seminary.
Rabbi Siegel and his wife Ellen Lefkowitz are parents to 5 children and 7 grandchildren.