Rabbi Weisblatt is thrilled and excited to be returning to Pennsylvania and to be joining the Temple Ohav Shalom community in the summer of 2017.
Originally from Philadelphia, Rabbi Weisblatt attended Pennsylvania State University, where he graduated from the Schreyer Honors College, with degrees in Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, International Politics and Jewish Studies. After graduation, he began his rabbinical education at The Jewish Theological Seminary of America in Manhattan. For three years, Rabbi Weisblatt studied at the Conservative Movement’s seminary before returning to his Reform roots and transferring to HUC-JIR in Manhattan (where his father, Rabbi Jeffrey Weisblatt of blessed memory, was ordained) for the last three years of his rabbinical program. During his time at HUC-JIR and JTS, he served congregations and communities of all sizes, from small, unaffiliated to 1500+ household congregations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.
Upon ordination, Rabbi Weisblatt served as the rabbi of Beth Sholom Temple in Fredericksburg, VA and then for two years as assistant rabbi at Temple Sholom of Chicago. During these years, he helped to relaunch interfaith community programs, build upon and grow young adult and young professional engagement, reimagine and grow Shabbat and holiday experiences, as well as redevelop and launch new b’nei mitzvah initiatives. He has also worked on numerous social justice campaigns, including efforts on community outreach and as an ally of the LGBTQ community. Rabbi Weisblatt has been published in the CCAR Journal (Reform Jewish Quarterly). He is also currently in a doctoral program through HUC-JIR, with emphasis on the relationships and lives of Jews and non-Jews as found in Jewish liturgy, the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible) and in halakhah (Jewish Law).
Rabbi Weisblatt comes to Temple Ohav Shalom and looks forward to putting down roots within the North Hills with his family. His wife, Marissa, is a graduate of both undergrad and graduate programs at the University of Pittsburgh (she holds an MSW), and earlier in 2017 they welcomed their son Alexander Joseph.
Rabbi Weisblatt’s rabbinate is focused on community and he believes that the synagogue is truly a place where relationships grow, strengthen. He also strongly feels that the synagogue should strive to be true to the words of the prophet Isaiah, who declared centuries ago [that the] “House of the Eternal, is a place of prayer for all peoples.” His door is always open, and he hopes you’ll give a knock, a call, and say hello, for it is only together, does the community become stronger and move forward.