Rabbi David Z. Vaisberg
David Z. Vaisberg
Rabbi David Z. Vaisberg, M.A.R.E., M.A.H.L. joined Temple B’nai Abraham as Senior Rabbi on July 1, 2019. In this time, in addition to the work of leading services, teaching, community-building, pastoral care, and life cycle events, Rabbi Vaisberg has involved the community in numerous social justice efforts, including partnering with New Jersey Together in community organizing in Essex County. He’s led Temple B’nai Abraham in upgrading their technological capacity to meet the demands of the 21st century and continued work with lay leadership to address hate and Antisemitism.
Rabbi Vaisberg currently serves on the Central Conference of American Rabbis Responsa Committee and is a chaplain for the Maplewood Police Department.
Before joining the Temple B’nai Abraham family, Rabbi Vaisberg served as spiritual leader of Temple Emanu-El in Edison, New Jersey. While there, he served as President of the Metuchen Edison Area Interfaith Clergy Association and the Rabbinical Association in the Heart of New Jersey and was deeply involved in local social justice work and collaborative education.
Born in Montreal, Quebec, and raised in Mississauga, Ontario, Rabbi Vaisberg earned his Honours B.A. in Psychology from York University in 2006, while acting and doing construction work for Vanier College Productions and working as Cantorial Soloist for Solel Congregation of Mississauga. Rabbi Vaisberg was ordained from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion’s New York Campus in May 2012. He was a Mandel Fellow and a teaching and research assistant to Rabbi Dr. Eugene Borowitz.
Rabbi Vaisberg’s academic interests include Jewish law and rituals, Jewish and Israeli culture and music, Midrash and story-telling, and Talmud.
His written work includes the following:
-“Israel: Projection, Potential, and Self-Actualization.” In Eds. Stanley Davids and Lawrence Englander’s Fragile Dialogue: New Voices of Liberal Zionism (2018).
–Thank You My Teacher, Thank You My Friend: For Rabbi Lawrence A. Englander, a Festschrift of Insights and Writings (2014).
–A Study of Sefer Yezirah and Its Commentators (2012).
–Keep It Together, Keep It Real: A curriculum of Holistic Healthy Living for Teenage Jews (2010).
-He writes for the Union for Reform Judaism’s 10 Minutes of Torah and the Times of Israel Blog. You can also find his work at davidvaisberg.com.
Rabbi Vaisberg is an accomplished guitarist and singer, an enthusiastic cook, and a long-distance and obstacle course runner.
Rosh Hashanah 5781 Sermon
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