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Rabbi Dr. Geoffrey J. Haber

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I consider myself to be a dynamic, personable and highly educated professional. I am a results-oriented leader with a strong record of accomplishment in spiritual planning, program development and strategic planning. I describe myself as a passionate teacher of Judaism with demonstrated ability to educate, motivate and direct students while maintaining high interest and achievement. I am a compassionate and responsive pastor successfully serving the diverse needs of multiple populations with a calm and caring presence and meaningful spiritual guidance. I am an articulate and captivating speaker, conveying the beauty and nobility of Judaism, its values and traditions, to those seeking deeper engagement with Jewish learning while also serving as an ambassador of Judaism to the broader community.

 

 

Pulpit Experience

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Senior Rabbi, Congregation Mishkan Tefila (625 Members), Chestnut Hill, MA, 2007-2010.

  • Launched Mishkan Shabbat [A Sanctuary of Shabbat] program in partnership with the Cantor featuring contemporary and traditional music for Qabbalat Shabbat services accompanied by live instrumental music; played percussion as part of the "Rhythm and Jews" band.
  • Initiated and guided a Tefila Task Force to articulate a vision statement about worship for our temple and implement meaningful changes to the Shabbat morning worship service to make it more spiritually relevant for congregants.
  • Worked with Youth Committee and Advisors to rekindle youth groups that won the 2007-2008 New England Regional USY award for "Largest chapter percentage increase in membership."
  • Brought various speakers to the congregation to promote adult Jewish learning.
  • Introduced “A Mishnah a Day Keeps the Yetzer HaRa [Evil Impulse] Away” at daily minyan and Birkat HaMazon (Grace after Meals) after the morning breakfast.
  • Revived seudah shelishit (third Sabbath meal) and launched the study of Sefer HaHinukh (The Book of Mitzvah Education).
  •  Initiated pastoral visits to the infirmed and hospitalized members of the congregation as well as regular pastoral calls to homebound elderly.
  •  Invited students from nearby Boston College to temple services and programs as part of a college outreach initiative.
  • Aided rebuilding of youth program and oversaw its growth by working with Youth Director and advisors; led our "Tallit and Tefillin Club" with support from Education Director and School Committee.
  •  Inaugurated annual “Open Sukkah” with more than 300 attending.
  •  Launched “Tisha B’Av [9th of Av] Teaching” and High Holy Day Institute.
  •  Initiated “Qabbalah [Spirituality] of Welcoming” program to enhance friendliness and accessibility to the congregation.
  •  Worked with Technology Committee to enhance presentation of synagogue communication and website presence.
  •  Fostered partnership with The Jewish Theological Seminary to create a Young Leadership cadre of members and with AIPAC to strengthen ties with Israel and the political process of Democracy. Sent the largest per capita delegation to AIPAC Conference from New England 2009, 2010.
  • Promoted eliminating the use of foam cups in favor of recyclable paper and auditing our energy use to maximize energy efficiency as part of our “Going Green” campaign.

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Rabbi, Temple Emanu-El (630 Members), Closter, NJ, 1996-2007.

 

        Developed family-oriented, child friendly and welcoming Shabbat and Festival services.

        Introduced new High Holy Day Mahzor, Shabbat Siddur, Daily Siddur and Bible.

        Formed Tizmoret Emanu-El Ensemble to enhance Qabbalat Shabbat services during Daylight Savings Time and played drums, congas, bongos and small percussion.

        Produced “Call Shabbat a Delight” Enhancement programs that won the 2003-2005 national and regional Gold Solomon Schechter Awards.

        Created diverse Adult Education programs that won the 1995-1997 national and regional Solomon Schechter Awards.

        Created partnership in learning with the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School.

        Established Hesed (Caring), Social Action and Ayin LeZion (Israel Affairs) committees.

        Formed support groups for grief, cancer and parents of children with disabilities.

        Advocated for and achieved accessibility and registered congregation with the National Organization for Disabilities.

        Created Tallit presentation ceremony for developmentally delayed adults.

        Facilitated Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremonies for children with special needs.

        Revitalized Sisterhood and Men’s Club and revived Northern Valley Clergy Association.

        Supported and helped start Early Childhood Education Center.

        Inspired Spiritual Planning Committee to determine congregation vision and mission.

        Instrumental in obtaining Synagogue Leadership Initiative grant of $20,000.

        Helped retain and increase membership substantially. Facilitated move to new building.

        Attained tenant for daytime use of school wing to generate revenue for Temple.

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Rabbi, Beth Tzedec Congregation (750 Members), Calgary, Canada, 1992-1996. 

 

        Created various adult education programs such as Doctors/Lawyers Roundtable, Women’s Rosh Hodesh Study Group and holiday celebrations such as Tu B’Shevat Seder and Layl Tikkun Shavuot.

        Guided Youth Director in strengthening USY/Kadima (1993-1994 Chapter of the Year).

        Taught “Rappin’ with the Rabbi,” “My Mitzvah,” and “Sidrah Study” for Bar/Bat Mitzvah class.

        Authored series of life cycle pamphlets and proposals on all aspects of synagogue programming.

        Lectured and taught widely to community and service organizations, schools and interfaith groups.

        Contributed articles and interviews to local and regional Jewish and general press, radio and TV.

 

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Rabbi, Congregation Shaare Tikvah (350 Members), Chicago, IL, 1989-1992. 

 

        Created Adult Education Institute, “Lunch ‘n’ Learn” Series, Scholar-in-Residence Program and Festival of the Jewish Arts.

        Implemented Shabbat Learners’ Service and “Gan Shabbat” Toddler Program.

        Revitalized Kadima/USY and established Boy Scout Troop #613.

        Initiated curriculum review for Religious School and taught Bar/Bat Mitzvah classes.

        Developed “Field School of Jewish Studies” an innovative, interactive, off-site program of learning.

        Developed B’nai Torah Hebrew High School program and Senior Adult Center.

        Raised funds by hosting parlor meetings and developing campaign strategies.

         Involved in obtaining $15,000 grant for Senior Adult Center.

        Volunteered as Jewish Chaplain at Northeastern Illinois University.

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