Rabbi Stephen Weiss

High Holy Day Sermons

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


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.

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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:

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 or watch it here
Read the 2nd day Rosh Hashanah sermon:  Anti-Semitism in America:  Confronting a New Reality or watch it here.
Read the Kol Nidre sermon:  Walk a Mile in My Shoes or watch it here.
Read the Yom Kippur sermon:  When Will We Make the Time?


Read the 1st day Rosh Hashanah sermon:  The World As It Should Be or view it at 3:41:25 here.
Read the 2nd day Rosh Hashanah sermon:  The Power of Our Dreams or view it at 2:58:15 here.
Read the Kol Nidre sermon:  Miracle on the Hudson:  We All Need Second Chances or view it here.
Read the Yom Kippur sermon:  "If Only" Reprise:  Living Without Regrets


Read the Erev Rosh Hashanah sermon:  The Wheel Turns - Hope and Gratitude or view it at 41:45 here.
Read the 1st day Rosh Hashanah sermon:  Hear their Cry: A Call to Respond to Refugees or view it at 4:16:20 here.
Read the 2nd day Rosh Hashanah sermon:  Cycling Through Life: Reflections on My Journey and Lessons About Change or view it at 3:29:20 here.
Read the Kol Nidre sermon:  Sticks and Stones:  Learning to Argue with Humility and Respect or view it at 1:11:30 here.