Rabbi Jeremy Gerber

Jeremy Gerber has served as the rabbi at Congregation Ohev Shalom since 2009. “To me,” he says, “Judaism is about asking good questions. It’s a way to see the world and connect to our history and culture that can enhance our lives, if we engage with it honestly yet joyfully.” Rabbi Gerber stresses the importance of engaging with the practice of Judaism in a way that “challenges our ancient tradition to make room for our modern sensibilities and sensitivities.”

Rabbi Gerber brings a strong focus on relationships to his practice of Judaism, relationships “with each other, God, our ancient (and modern) texts, Israel (in all its complexity), and with the wider community around us.  Here at Ohev, we delve enthusiastically into those relationships, ask the questions, and experience the joy.  I believe – and hope – that it makes people proud to be Jewish and proud to be Ohevites.”

Rabbi Gerber grew up in Stockholm, Sweden, to ex-pat American parents, and moved to the United States for college. He was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) in New York City, from which he also received a Bachelor’s Degree in Talmud & Rabbinics and a Master’s Degree in Jewish Education. He also has a BA in Anthropology from Columbia University. Rabbi Gerber is an associate chaplain at Widener University and at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. He is an active member of the Interfaith Council of Southern Delaware County, as well as a founding member of FUSE; an interfaith networking group confronting racism, discrimination, and socio-economic challenges in Delaware County.