Rabbi Sam Weiss joined Congregation Beth El in 2022.
He holds a B.A. in Rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley and was ordained as a graduate of the New York Campus of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.
Over the course of his rabbinic training, Rabbi Weiss had the privilege of serving in a variety of educational and pastoral capacities. At the URJ Kutz Camp for teen leaders, he designed and facilitated an immersive text study experience that centered around Machloket L’shem Shamayim, the rabbinic concept of “Disagreement for the Sake of Heaven.”
In New York City, he preached and prayed across denominational divides, deepening his love for and responsibility to the Jewish people in all its difference and diversity, and worked as a pastoral caregiver at a variety of interfaith settings. As a student rabbi, he served congregations in Andover, MA (Temple Emanuel), Durham, NC (Judea Reform Congregation), and Williamsport, PA (Temple Beth Ha-Sholom). During his time at HUC-JIR, Rabbi Weiss received numerous academic awards, was a Tisch Fellow, and was selected to participate in the seminarian cohort of the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.
Rabbi Weiss is committed to a Judaism that is at once thoughtful and heartfelt. He lives in Bangor with his wife, Erin, and their son, Milo.