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Rabbi Stephen Weiss

High Holy Day Sermons 5781

Erev Rosh Hashanah:  Seeing For the Very First Time  
1st day Rosh Hashanah:  Calling All Angels 
Kol Nidre:  Choosing Better over Bitter

High Holy Day Sermons 5780

Erev Rosh Hashanah:  Read Three Words.
1st day Rosh Hashanah:  Read The Narrow Bridge - Hope over Fear or watch it here.
2nd day Rosh Hashanah: Read The Planet Earth - Our Sacred Trust or watch it here.
Kol Nidre:  Read Seeing with our Hearts or watch it here.
Yom Kippur:  Read Yizkor? It's Complicated.

Read Rabbi Weiss's letter and responsum on the acceptance of homosexuality and gay marriage in Jewish law.


Born in Chicago, Rabbi Stephen Weiss earned his B.A. in Jewish and Western Civilization from the University of Judaism in LA, and was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York in 1990. Rabbi Weiss also trained in pastoral counseling through the Hospital Chaplaincy Inc. and Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York.

A former president of Far West Region USY, Rabbi Weiss' career has been marked by his passion for working with Jewish youth. Rabbi Weiss has been teaching Jewish youth for twenty-five years. He also has served as a USY advisor and Regional Fieldworker. Rabbi Weiss served as rabbi for eleven years in Atlanta, GA and Southfield, MI before coming to B'nai Jeshurun in April 2001. Over the years, he has earned a reputation as a caring spiritual guide and passionate teacher of Torah. An outspoken community leader, he played a significant role in establishing a new Ramah Camp and two new Jewish High Schools, and has been active in both interfaith and Black-Jewish relations. An ardent lover of Zion, Rabbi Weiss is also known for his ability to galvanize the community's support for Israel. He has led numerous teen and adult Israel missions.

He is a past president of the Greater Cleveland Board of Rabbis, and serves on the Rabbinic Cabinets of National Israel Bonds, United Jewish Communities, and the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem, and the Chancellor's Cabinet of the Jewish Theological Seminary. He is on the boards of the Gross Schechter Day School, Camp Ramah, the Middle East Forum and the American Jewish Committee, and a member of the Educational Advisory Board of Pardes High School, the Adult Learning Council and the Federation Overseas Committee for St. Petersburg.  He is also a board member of Greater Cleveland Congregations.

Twitter Follow Rabbi Weiss @ravsteve
Phone (216) 831-6555 x104.
Follow Rabbi Weiss's blog

 In Search of the Jewish History of Ledec, Shabbat before Yom HaShoah 2013
Courage and Hope - the JDC in Ethiopia 
In Memory of Those Who Died Crossing the Sudan 
Rabbi Weiss delivered the invocation at the March on Washington 50th Anniversary for Jobs & Freedom, held Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at Cleveland Public Auditorium. Click here to read his remarks. 

Past High Holy Day sermons:

Erev Rosh Hashanah sermon:  A Tale of Two Castles  - read the text here.
1st day Rosh Hashanah sermon:  R-E-S-P-E-C-T - read the text here.
2nd day Rosh Hashanah sermon:  The Shofar and the Blessing - read the text here.

Read the Erev Rosh Hashanah sermon:  You and I:  We Can Change the World
Read the 1st day Rosh Hashanah sermon:  Facing the Storms in Our Lives
Read the 2nd day Rosh Hashanah sermon:  Anti-Semitism in America:  Confronting a New Reality.
Read the Kol Nidre sermon:  Walk a Mile in My Shoes.
Read the Yom Kippur sermon:  When Will We Make the Time?

Read the 1st day Rosh Hashanah sermon:  The World As It Should Be.
Read the 2nd day Rosh Hashanah sermon:  The Power of Our Dreams.
Read the Kol Nidre sermon:  Miracle on the Hudson:  We All Need Second Chances.
Read the Yom Kippur sermon:  "If Only" Reprise:  Living Without Regrets

Read the Erev Rosh Hashanah sermon:  The Wheel Turns - Hope and Gratitude.
Read the 1st day Rosh Hashanah sermon:  Hear their Cry: A Call to Respond to Refugees.
Read the 2nd day Rosh Hashanah sermon:  Cycling Through Life: Reflections on My Journey and Lessons About Change.
Read the Kol Nidre sermon:  Sticks and Stones:  Learning to Argue with Humility and Respect.

Tue, October 27 2020 9 Cheshvan 5781