Rabbi Fabián Werbin

Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, a Chassidic rabbi of the 19th century, taught “Mitzvah Gedolah Le’hiyot Besimcha Tamid”  – “It is a great mitzvah to always be in a state of happiness.”

Even though it is very difficult to accomplish the last word of the phrase,”tamid“/”always,” I strongly believe the best way to live a Jewish life is with joy.

I am very happy to be part of the Beth El family and look forward to inspiring our community to create a better world, to spread a message of Torah, and to live meaningful lives.


Rabbi Fabián Werbin was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He attended elementary and Jewish high school there. He received his two undergraduate degrees, in Bible and in Jewish Thought, from Haifa University in Israel. Rabbi Werbin received his rabbinic ordination in 2003 from the Seminario Rabinico Latino Americano in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

While pursuing his studies, Rabbi Werbin led a 350 family congregation in Parana, Argentina, for three years. After rabbinical ordination, he was the rabbi of a 130 family congregation in Barranquilla, Colombia. Most recently, he served for seven years as Rabbi of Beth Israel Synagogue in Roanoke, Virginia, before coming to Beth El. Rabbi Werbin holds certification as an Elementary and High School teacher. He is conversant in Spanish, Hebrew, Italian, and English.

Rabbi Werbin is married to Patricia Gradel, a psychologist with a Masters degree in Jewish Education. They are devoted parents to four children:  Ariel, Catalina, Naomi, and David.  In his (limited) spare time, Rabbi Werbin enjoys reading, soccer, and a good joke.

During a Special Congregational Meeting on March 30, 2015, Rabbi Werbin was elected by an overwhelming majority to join Rabbi Harris as Beth El’s newest rabbi.