Rabbi Dr. Geoffrey J. Haber

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I am a compassionate and caring presence experienced in pastoral care and counseling (DMin.), chaplaincy (CPE) and non-profit administration. I reach out to people wherever they are suffering and offer consolation and support in whatever form is appropriate to the person at the time. I am poised and competent with superior interpersonal skills, capable of resolving multiple and complex issues and accustomed to handling sensitive, confidential records.











Hospice Chaplain, Jewish Chaplaincy Council of Massachusetts.

  • Assessed spiritual and religious needs of patients and families at Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston and Seasons Hospice, and provided bereavement counseling to family members as identified.
  • Participated in team meetings and in interdisciplinary reviews of care plans.
  • Served as liaison to the patient’s/family’s faith community and advised patient’s/family’s clergy, priest, rabbi or other spiritual caregiver of the issues related to the terminal illness of the patient. 
  • Provided education about hospice, spiritual care, death and dying, grief and bereavement, living in the face of death, and other related topics to community groups (civic and religious).


Director, Spiritual Care, Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Health, Toronto, Canada.

    Provided religious and spiritual support to residents, clients, families, healthcare professionals, Baycrest staff, volunteers, and visitors of all faiths.

       Represented the core Jewish identity of Baycrest, working in collaboration with others to plan and provide religious & spiritual client and family programming.

      Recruited, hired, trained and developed additional staff and worked closely with the student programs.

   Involved in the full care continuum including hospital, long-term care, and supported living settings, utilizing expertise to address the needs of both Jewish and non-Jewish constituents.





Lieutenant, US Navy Reserve Chaplaincy Corps, NOSC New York City, NY.

Provided religious ministry and support to Jewish naval personnel in a variety of settings.

Facilitated the religious requirements of those from all faith groups.

 Cared for all service members and their families, including those subscribing to no specific faith and counseled individuals seeking spiritual guidance.

Advised command to ensure the free exercise of religion and with regard to morale, ethics and spiritual well-being of Navy service members.

CPE Intern, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Canada.

CPE Intern, Hebrew Senior Life, Roslindale, MA
CPE Intern, St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, Brighten, MA.
Visiting Chaplain, Englewood Hospital, Englewood, NJ.
On-call Chaplain, Community Health Care System, Calgary, Canada.
Jewish Chaplain, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL.


Related Education & Certifications

 Dr. of Ministry, 2006, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, New York, NY.

    Demonstration Project: Reconstructing Faith: A Spiritual and Psychological Journey for Parents of Children with Autism.


Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) 1 Unit, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Canada, 2013.

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) 2 Units, Hebrew Senior Life, Roslindale, MA, 2011-2012.


Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) 1 Unit, St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Boston, MA, 2010.


Pastoral Counseling, Postgraduate Center for Mental Health, New York, NY, 2005.


Disaster Chaplaincy Training, Disaster Chaplaincy Services, New York, NY, 2005.


Identifying Child Abuse & Domestic Violence, New York State DYFS, New York, NY, 2005.


Short Term Crisis Intervention, Council of Churches of NYC, New York, NY, 2004.


Pastoral Care, Calgary District Hospital Group, Calgary, Canada, 1994.

Related Publications

"Everyone is Included."  Canadian Jewish News,Toronto, ON:  Canadian Jewish News, January 24, 2013, p. 23.

"Taking Responsibility for our Actions," The American Rabbi Anthology, 2009.


"Confronting our Mortality," The American Rabbi Anthology, 2008.


"Creating Sanctuary: A Clergy's Guide" in Walsh, M.B., Walsh, A. & Gaventa, W.C. (Eds.), Autism and Faith: A Journey into Community, NJ: The Elizabeth M. Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at Rutgers University, 2008.


“The Antidote to Anger,” The American Rabbi, Sukkot to Chanukah, 2006.


“Confronting Tragedy,” The American Rabbi, High Holy Days, 2006.


"Heal Us and We Shall be Healed," NJ Jewish Standard, May 2003.
"The Gift of Giving," NJ Jewish Standard, 72(19), February 2003.
"The Cost of Gratefulness," NJ Jewish Standard, May 2002.
"Hungry for Spirituality," The American Rabbi, 33(2), Winter 2001.
"Everyone Included," NJ Jewish Standard, February 2001.
“Prayer for Parents of a Child with Disabilities” in Cardin, N., A Tapestry of Jewish Time, NJ: Behrman, 2000.
"Leaving the Spiritual Wilderness," NJ Jewish Standard, July 2000.
"A Need to be a Need," NJ Jewish Standard, May 2000.
"Moving Forward," NJ Jewish Standard, 68(8), December 1999.
"Making Ourselves Holy by Recognizing the Holiness in Others," The American Rabbi, 32(1), Fall, 1999.
"Fighting Fire with Water," NJ Jewish Standard, 66(8), December 1997.
"Loving Ourselves Before We Love Others," Homiletics, Vayikra 5756 (1996).
“Lead Us Not Into Temptation,” The American Rabbi, 27(6), June 1995.
"After They Die, They're Holy," The American Rabbi, 27(2), October 1994.
"To Everyone Their Burden," The American Rabbi, 26(4), February 1994.