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Doug Weber

Part-time Faculty, Rabbi


Leavenworth Hall
6 Alumni Drive

Biography

As both an undergraduate and in rabbinic school Doug Weber sought to learn "The Meaning of Life." Doug has discovered that while answers are elusive, we can ask better and better questions and learn to live with uncertainty. Though Doug has not solved the great enigmas, he genuinely enjoys working with students who also seek after The Big, Eternal Questions. Doug primarily makes a living as the Rabbi of the Rutland Jewish Center. Teaching at Castleton University is a very enjoyable Act 2 and hobby for him. Before switching to Philosophy, his original undergraduate major was in tuba performance. Doug continues to play tuba and/or euphonium in various local groups including the College Wind Ensemble and Rutland City Band. He is also an avid curler (the silly looking sport played with brooms.) He skis a great deal, which conclusively demonstrates that practice does not necessarily make perfect. Doug leads the most quotidian of personal lives. Doug and his wife, Jessica, have been married since virtually the Pleistocene Era. They have three adult children, Zach, Taliah, and Eli.

A fun bit of trivia about Doug Weber: He was a childhood friend of radio personality Howard Stern. They spent the summers at the same Jewish summer camp and since they are almost exactly the same age, they were usually in the same cabin.

Education

Advanced work in Talmud hevruta, Hartman Institute, and Talmud classes at the Fuchsberg Center-Conservative Yeshiva, Jerusalem
Certificate of Training, Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, Case Western Reserve University, School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Pastoral Counseling Institute
Certificate of Training in Facilitating Support Groups, Lakeland Institute
Rabbinic Ordination, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
M.A., Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
B.A., SUNY Albany

Accomplishments

  • The Jewish Theological Seminary of America, New York City: Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa, awarded May, 2010, honoring distinguished service of over 25 years to my denomination in Judaism.
  • Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, New York City: Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa, May, 2007.
  • Awards for service on Boards of Directors: Family Planning Assoc. of Lorain County, OH, Family Service Assoc. of Lorain County, OH, and activism on “Maine Won’t Discriminate,” Lewiston-Auburn, ME, North American Coalition for Ethiopian Jewry, Israel, Rabbinic Cabinet, United Jewish Communities.