Rabbi David M. Weis celebrated his final Shabbat as Rabbi of Beth Israel on Friday, Dec. 17, 2021, culminating 33 years of a legacy defined by his caring spiritual guidance. Going forward, he will remain part of the Beth Israel family as Rabbi Emeritus.
When Rabbi David M. Weis first came to Beth Israel in Northfield, N.J., in 1988, he brought a passion for spirituality and a desire to make a difference. During his tenure, he solidified his role as spiritual leader, not only for Beth Israel but for the greater Atlantic County region.
Trained at the Hebrew Union College, Rabbi Weis was ordained in 1983. He holds a B.A. degree from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, California School. On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of his ordination, Rabbi Weis received his Doctor of Divinity degree, by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.
A lifelong learner and scholar, Rabbi Weis continued his studies each year by attending the Shalom Hartman Institute’s Rabbinic Torah Study Seminar in Israel, and has achieved the academic honor of Senior Rabbinic Fellow of the Institute. He has spoken in communities throughout the United States and has published essays and articles on a broad array of Jewish topics. He has served as an Adjunct Professor at Stockton University, a member of the Mainland Clergy Fellowship, and is Past President of the South Jersey Board of Rabbis and Cantors.
In addition to his Congregational family, Rabbi’s own children have grown up at Beth Israel. Rabbi Weis is married to noted Judaic artist and educator Susan Fischer Weis, who is the Executive Director of the Board of Jewish Education (BJE). They have three children, Joshua, Leah and Rebecca. Leah and her husband Rob have a daughter, Rina.