Rabbi Fabián Werbin

Rabbi Fabián Werbin


301-652-2606 ext. 329

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 become Beth El’s new rabbi to work with Senior Rabbi Greg Harris and Hazzan Asa Fradkin.

Blog Posts

Impatience- The oyster

June 17, 2020

As our country and the world are moving toward “reopening” I wanted to share the following reflection. According to the Chassidic interpretation, the three greatest sins of humanity involved impatience. …

Who screamed BINGO?

May 19, 2020

American author Louise L. Hay (1926-2017) wrote “Life is a lottery that we’ve already won. But most people have not cashed in their tickets.” It is powerful to notice that …

Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut

May 1, 2020

This is the fifth week of the month and allows for another outside blog. This week the blog is written by Tal Greenberg. Tal Greenberg has been Beth El’s shlicha …


April 14, 2020

For some mysterious reason, this year, the Yachatz, the fourth step of the Seder, has caught my attention more than in previous years. My sermon, tomorrow morning, will be focused …

Your last name

March 17, 2020

Turn on the television, read the newspaper or go to just about any web site. You can’t escape Cononavirus coverage even if you want to. I’m well aware of the …


Passwords: Rosh Hashanah 5781

September 22, 2020

Find My Phone – Rosh Hashanah 5780

October 10, 2019

A story. A cat and a mouse die in an accident and both arrive in heaven. Two angels receive them. “You have been nice animals down on earth” say the …

Nu, Airbnb – Kol Nidre 5780

October 10, 2019

The moment I learned we were changing locations this year, I started looking for options where to stay with my family for Yom Kippur. As you may imagine my first …

Yizkor 5780

October 10, 2019

I have always been a curious person. I can tell you many stories of my childhood. On many occasions these stories started because of my curiosity. I am always trying …

Yizkor 5779 – Yizkor Estate Sale Experience

September 20, 2018

About eight or ten months ago, I had a first time experience with something unknown to me up to that point. The story goes like this. I was in charge …