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Rabbi Dr. Geoffrey J. Haber

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I find that having interests outside my professional calling is important for my self-care and broadens my horizons. Engaging in hobbies and recreational activities provides me with valued emotional returns, improved concentration, new and enriched friendships and reduced stress. Pursuing such activities helps me unearth hidden talents, stimulates creative and positive thinking and enhances knowledge. In short, these activities bring with them immense satisfaction to the mind, body and spirit.

Interests:

 

Architecture

Camping

Cycling

Hockey

Model Railroading

Music

Reading

Running

Skiing

Swimming

Taekwondo (2nd Dan).

Rabbi Geoff became a 1st Dan (Degree) black belt in Taekwondo, the Korean form of martial arts, in February 2006 and a 2nd Dan in February 2007. A knee injury forced him to stop training.

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"You can take the Canadian out of Canada, but you can't take Canada out of the Canadian."

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In 2003 Rabbi Geoff founded Tizmoret Emanu-El Ensemble with members of his congregation to enhance Qabbalat Shabbat services during Daylight Savings Time, when services began before sunset. Rabbi Geoff played drums, percussion, bongos and congas. The group disbanded in 2006.
 
Together with Cantor Aryeh Finklestein of Congregation Mishkan Tefila, Rabbi Geoff founded The Rhythm and Jews Band with members of his new congregation in 2008 and launched Mishkan Shabbat (Sanctuary of Shabbat), a music-filled Qabbalat Shabbat service at which he played percussion, bongos, congas and the djembe.

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Favorites:

My Favorite Movies:
A River Runs Through It
Apollo 13
Cast a Giant Shadow
Cider House Rules
Dead Poets Society
Doctor Zhivago
Exodus
Fly Away Home
National Treasure
October Sky
Patton
Renaissance Man
Rush Hour
School Ties
The Blind Side
The Emperor's Club
The Hunt for Red October
The Right Stuff
Top Gun
Tora! Tora! Tora!

My Favorite Music:
Antonio Vivaldi
Beach Boys
Beatles
Billy Joel
Blue Fringe
Canadian Brass
Cantor Aaron Ben Sousan
Cantor Alisa Pomerantz-Boro
Cantor David Propis
Cantor Israel Singer
Cantor Pierre Pintchik
Cantor Yossele Rosenblatt
Cher
David Broza
Dixie Chicks
Elton John
Felix Mendelssohn
George Strait
Johann Sebastian Bach
Louis Armstrong
Louis Jordan
Ludwig van Beethoven
Luigi Rodolfo Boccherini
Martina McBride
Mary Chapin Carpenter
Miles Davis
Naomi Shemer
Piotr Tchaikovsky
Poogie
Safam
Spiro Gyra
Supertramp
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Yellowjackets

My Favorite Books:
Blum, Howard (2008), "The Brigade: A True Story of War and Salvation." New York, NY: Harper Collins Publishing.
 
Blum, Howard (1999), "The Gold of Exodus: The Discovery of the True Mount Sinai." New York, NY: Simon & Schuster.
 
Brown, Dan (2000), "Angels and Demons." New York, NY: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group.
 
Brown, Dan (2003), "The Da Vinci Code." New York, NY: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group.
 
Brown, Dee (1991), "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West." New York, NY: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
 
Haddon, Mark (2003),  "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time." New York, NY: Vintage Press.
 
Isaacson, Walter (2004). "Benjamin Franklin: A Life." New York, NY: Simon & Schuster.
 
Martel, Yann (2003), "The Life of Pi." Akron, OH: Wheeler Publishing.
 
Michener, James (1965), "The Source." New York, NY: Random House, Inc.
 
Oren, Michael (2003), "Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East." New York, NY: Random House, Inc.
 
Rabinovich, Abraham (2004), "The Yom Kippur War: The Epic Encounter That Transformed the Middle East." New York, NY: Random House, Inc.
 
Trevanian (aka Rodney William Whitaker), (1972), "The Eiger Sanction." New York, NY: Crown Publishing Group.
 
Uris, Leon (1958), "Exodus." New York, NY: Doubleday.
 
White, Ronald (2009). "A. Lincoln." New York, NY: Random House.
 
Wouk, Herman (1971), "The Winds of War." New York, NY: Little, Brown & Company.
 
Wouk, Herman (1978), "War and Remembrance." New York, NY: Little, Brown & Company.

My Favorite Quotes:
Psalm 100:2 "Worship God in joy, Come before His presence in gladness."
Dalai Lama (to Yitz Greenberg): "Religious life should be a mixture of faith and analysis."
Albert Einstein (at UTS): "Science without religion is lame; religion without science is blind."
AJ Heschel (God in Search of Man): "As a report about the revelation at Sinai, the Bible is itself a midrash."
Anonymous: "I believe the joy of Judaism, not the oy of Judiasm, will keep Jews Jewish."
Bumper sticker: "God wants spiritual fruits, not religious nuts."
Mahatma Ghandi: "An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind!"
Charlie Chaplin: "A day without laughter is a day wasted!"
Jimi Hendrix: "When the power of love is greater than the love of power, there will be peace."

 

My Hockey Geobiography:
 

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Born and raised in Montreal, QC

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Attended College, New York, NY

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Ass't Rabbi, Highland Park, NJ

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Family moved to Dallas, TX

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Year Abroad, Jerusalem, Israel

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Rabbi, Chicago, IL

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Family relocated to Toronto, ON

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Graduate School, New York, NY

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Rabbi, Calgary, AB, Canada

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Family returned to Montreal, QC

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Rabbi School, New York, NY

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Rabbi, Englewood-Closter, NJ

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Family settled in Vancouver, BC

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Dr. Ministry, New York, NY

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Rabbi, Chestnut Hill, MA