Rabbi Daniel Greyber

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Daniel Greyber is the rabbi of Beth El Synagogue in Durham and most recently served as Team Rabbi of the U.S. delegation to the 2013 World Maccabiah Games. Rabbi Greyber grew up in Potomac, Maryland and spent the first 21 years of his life focused competitive swimming. A gold medalist and Captain of the U.S. Swimming Team at the 1993 World Maccabiah Games, Rabbi Greyber holds a Masters in Speech and Communications Studies from Northwestern University and was ordained in 2002 at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies of American Jewish University where received the Henry Fisher Award for outstanding achievement in Jewish Studies.

While in rabbinical school, Rabbi Greyber founded LISHMA, an innovative learning program of Ramah and the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies (ZSRS) where young adult Jews spend the summer exploring traditional Jewish texts, prayer and practice in the beautiful setting of Camp Ramah in California. As a result of the success of the LISHMA program, he was selected in 2001 as a recipient of the Joshua Venture Fellowship, which supports and trains emerging Jewish social entrepreneurs to transform their visions into action.

Upon rabbinic ordination in 2002, Greyber became the executive director of Camp Ramah in California and the Max & Pauline Zimmer Conference Center of American Jewish University. Greyber served as a scholar‐ in‐residence for programs of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and a variety of Conservative synagogues throughout the West, and as a teacher at conventions of the Rabbinical Assembly and Jewish Educators Assembly.

Rabbi Greyber is the author of Faith Unravels: A Rabbi’s Struggle With Grief and God and his writings have been published in Dancing on the Edge of the World: Jewish Stories of Inspiration and Love (Lowell House Press, 2000); Many Ways into God’s Palace: Essays in Honor of the 36th Anniversary of the Library Minyan (Temple Beth Am, 2008); CJ Voices Magazine, Conservative Judaism, Midstream Magazine, the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, The New York Jewish Week and other Jewish periodicals. After a nine‐year tenure at Ramah, Greyber spent the 2010‐11 academic year as a Jerusalem Fellow at the Mandel Leadership Institute in Israel. In July 2011, he moved to Durham with his wife, Jennifer, and his sons, Alon, Benjamin and Ranon Greyber.


Founded in 1998 with a grant from the Covenant Foundation and in partnership with the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, Lishma began as an egalitarian yeshiva-study summer program for young adult Jews ages 18 to 25 to explore their Jewish identity through the lens of traditional study, prayer, and practice. The name Lishma is derived from the Hebrew phrase “Torah Lishma,” meaning studying Torah for its own sake. Combining the passion and commitment of traditional yeshiva learning with the openness and fun of Ramah camping, Lishma continued to impact the lives of young adult Jews until the program closed its doors in 2007.