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Skill Highlight: Interfaith Wedding Rabbi

Editor’s note: This is a series highlighting just some of the fascinating skills on SkillPages. Rabbi David Gruber is an Interfaith Wedding Rabbi using SkillPages to showcase his portfolio, which is also helping him to build relationships with other couples.  We chatted with Rabbi David to find out more about his skill, and to learn how showcasing his skill on-line has helped him to get contacted by other couples.

Hi David, tell us a bit about yourself?

I am a native of Evanston, Illinois, and an eighth generation rabbi. I grew up in Israel, where I served in the IDF Armored Corps.  Having lived in various states in USA since my return, I now live in the fastest growing city, beautiful Frisco, Texas, a northern suburb of Dallas.

How and when did you become a Rabbi?

I attended Yeshivat Sha’alvim, one of the most prominent institutions of higher Jewish learning in Israel, for seven years.  I started officiating interfaith weddings in 2008, and I have done 160 weddings since, now averaging about 50 a year!

How has your skill developed over the years?

I have served in educational and religious leadership positions in the Jewish community on three continents since my teens, specifically in Israel, New Zealand and the United States.  I used to be Orthodox, but now I see myself as a Jewish secular humanist.   As such, I deeply believe in helping every couple make their wedding day the most wonderful day of their lives.

How do you get noticed on-line?

The best aspect of being on-line and using tools like SkillPages is that it has allowed me to present and showcase my work.  Because I’m showcasing my skill on-line it has helped me to get contacted by other couples.  My blog has also given me the opportunity to share all my inspiring lessons that I have learned from couples on their wedding days.

Where does your inspiration come from?

I have always seen myself, first and foremost, as a learner.  I love working with my couples, and I feel like I learn so much from them!  In fact, my personal remarks at every wedding focus on what I learned from that specific couple.

Who has been the biggest influence in developing your skill?

I have tried to learn from my colleagues and my couples, and I am always open to trying something new.  This has helped me learn so much as a Rabbi and as a person.

Would you have any advice for anyone wanting to become a Rabbi?

Make sure you love people and love learning from everyone.  This is what being a rabbi is all about.  As the ancient Rabbi Hillel said, “That is the whole Torah, the rest is commentary.”

Apart from being a Rabbi, what new skills would you like to learn?

I am also an adjunct professor at Southern Methodist University, and I am forever trying to learn new methods of study.

Rabbi David Gruber, Interfaith Wedding Rabbi 

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