Rabbi Greg Harris

Being a rabbi is one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences I could ever imagine. I am continually blessed to be able to discover and share the incredible insights of our Jewish tradition with people. People frequently ask me, in one way or another, is Judaism relevant in this modern, complex, pressured time? My answer is that through conversations, study, community encounters, culture, and other modes, Judaism’s message is as relevant in our time as every earlier period.

I invite you into our community to live Judaism’s important message of hope and compassion with an orientation to fulfilling our partnership with God to perfect God’s Creation: our world. You can contact me at 301-301-652-2606, ext. 305 or gharris@bethelmc.org.

 

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Biography

Rabbi Harris was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2002. He was the recipient of the Dr. Michael Higger Prize in Talmud from JTS. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from The American University in Washington, D.C. Rabbi Harris has been a Schusterman Rabbinic PEER Fellow and a Washington Partnership Fellow. Before returning to the Washington area, he was on faculty at New York’s 92nd Street Y, was the staff Jewish Chaplain for the Momentum AIDS Project and worked as a chaplain at Beth Israel Hospital.

Beyond his responsibilities at the congregation, Rabbi Harris has served as President of the Washington Board of Rabbis and is currently the Chair of the Pastoral Care Committee at the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington, serves on the Community & Global Impact Committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and is a past Board member of Interfaith Works, a non-profit organization working with at-risk families in Montgomery County. He also sits on the Domestic Violence Interfaith Coalition of Montgomery County. He is the founding chairperson of the Tomorrow Fellowship Jewish Communal Leadership Program. He is the 2015 recipient of the Matthew H. Simon Rabbinic Leadership Award from JFGW.

In his free time, Rabbi Harris is learning to play guitar and is a runner. He was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is married to Rebekah and is a proud dad to three wonderful children: Benjamin, Maayan, and Shoshana.

At the Annual Congregational Meeting in May of 2014, Rabbi Greg Harris was elected by an overwhelming majority to succeed Rabbi Bill Rudolph as head rabbi.  Rabbi Harris is only the fourth rabbi to lead the congregation in its six decades.