Rabbi Daniel Greyber

Rabbi Daniel Greyber joined us full time as our pulpit rabbi in July, 2011. He spent the previous programming year in Israel, but visited us several times for holidays & our winter Shabbaton.

At the end of the summer of 2010, he completed an eight-year tenure as the executive director of Camp Ramah in California and the Max & Pauline Zimmer Conference Center of American Jewish University. Rabbi Greyber was selected in 2006 for the inaugural Executive Leadership Institute (ELI) of the Foundation for Jewish Camp, a program which provides experienced camp professionals business, management, and leadership skills required to enrich their camps and compete in the summer marketplace. During rabbinical school, he founded The Neshama Minyan at Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles and Minyan Nifla at Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, soulful, egalitarian, Friday night services using the melodies of the late Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. While in rabbinical school, Rabbi Greyber also founded LISHMA, an innovative learning program of Ramah and the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies (ZSRS) where young adult Jews spend the summer exploring traditional Jewish texts, prayer and practice in the beautiful setting of Camp Ramah in California.  As a result of the success of the LISHMA program, he was selected in 2001 as a recipient of the Joshua Venture Fellowship, which supports and trains emerging Jewish social entrepreneurs to transform their visions into action. 

While in his role at Ramah, Rabbi Greyber was an adjunct faculty member of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, teaching courses on liturgy, Halakhah and a variety of seminars about Judaism and the American rabbinate. Greyber served as a scholar-in-residence for programs of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and a variety of Conservative synagogues throughout the West, and as a teacher at conventions of the Rabbinical Assembly and Jewish Educators Assembly.  His writings have been published in Dancing on the Edge of the World: Jewish Stories of Inspiration and Love (Lowell House Press, 2000); Many Ways into God's Palace: Essays in Honor of the 36 th Anniversary of the Library Minyan (Temple Beth Am, 2008); CJ Voices Magazine, Conservative Judaism, Midstream Magazine, the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles and other Jewish periodicals.

In 2012, his book, Faith Unravels: A Rabbi's Struggle with Grief and God, was published. More information here: http://www.rabbigreyber.com/faith-unravels/

A gold medalist and Captain of the U.S. Swimming Team at the 1993 World Maccabiah Games, he also served as the USA Team Rabbi at 19th World Maccabiah Games in the Summer of 2013. Rabbi Greyber holds a Masters in Speech and Communications Studies from Northwestern University and was ordained in 2002 at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies of American Jewish University where received the Henry Fisher Award for outstanding achievement in Jewish Studies.

Rabbi Greyber lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their three boys, Alon, Benjamin, and Ranon.

Follow Rabbi Greyber on twitter: rabbigreyber

You may contact Rabbi Greyber via e-mail at: RabbiGreyber@BethElDurham.org

For appointments, contact the Congregational Services Coordinator at (919) 682-1238 ext. 100 or info@betheldurham.org

Rabbi Greyber on NPR's The State of Things 2/11/13
discussing his book:

Text Study & Prayers for Peace
at the Triangle-Wide Community
Gathering in Support of Israel and Peace
co-hosted by
The Jewish Federation of Durham-Chapel Hill
& The Jewish Federation of Raleigh-Cary
August 13, 2014

/Dogs and Regrets - Rabbi Greyber's contribution to the community-wide S'lichot program, The Shpeil, held at the Levin JCC in Durham on the evening of September 20, 2014.
(MP3, 8 MB)
or see a video of the full program online here (Rabbi Greyber's story begins at the 55:10 mark).




Rabbi Greyber was the keynote speaker at the Durham-Chapel Hill Jewish Community Foundation's 15th Anniversary Lunch (Fall, 2011).  Video is split between the two files below:

(part 1)

(part 2)

Rabbi Greyber spoke at the Durham-Chapel Hill Jewish Community Conference on Special Needs in the Jewish Community (2/16/12).  Click link below for audio file:

23MB, MP3 file / 17 minutes

Rabbi Greyber spoke to the Rotary Club of Chapel Hill on June 1, 2012.  Click link below for audio file:

                             12MB, MP3 file / 17.5 minutes

A selection of D'vei Torah from Rabbi Greyber:

9/25/14, "Birthdays and Rosh Hashanah" - Rosh Hashanah Day 1: ...... PDF ....../.. ..Audio

9/25/14, On the Prayer for Israel - Rosh Hashanah Day 1: Audio

9/26/14, "Every Year a Bar and Bat Mitzvah Year" - Rosh Hashanah Day 2: ......PDF ....../...... Audio

10/3/14, "Marriage" - Kol Nidrei:...... PDF ....../...... Audio

10/4/14, "Death" - Yom Kippur: ......Audio

5/4/14, Social Action Shabbat: "Sterling and Silver, the Shoah and Social Action: Reflections on Being Jewish and a Human Being in the NBA and in the Modern World"

9/5/13, A Prayer at Evening Time: First Day Rosh Hashanah, 5773 (PDF)

9/6/13, A Prayer for the Morning: 2nd Day Rosh Hashanah, 5774 (PDF)

9/14/13, A Prayer for the Afternoon: Yizkor, Yom Kippur 5774
(audio, mp3 28mb) (PDF)

4/21/12 - "On Tearing Ribbon and Clothes"

12/3/11 - "The Song of Redemption"

10/8/11, Yom Kippur - "On Detachment and Forgiveness"

9/30/11, Rosh Hashannah II - Looking Beyond What Is Visible”

9/29/11, Rosh HaShannah I - Practicing the Art of Surrender”

More of Rabbi Greyber's writings are available at http://www.rabbigreyber.com