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Rabbi Emeritus

Samuel H. Weintraub

Now Rabbi Emeritus of Kane Street, during his 25 years as pulpit Rabbi Weintraub he served as spiritual guide to over one thousand individuals within the Kane Street community and counsels people ages five to ninety-five.

The Rabbi officiated at all life cycle events and generally provides educational and spiritual preparation before such passages as Bar/Bat Mitzvah and weddings. Since 1996 when he came to Kane Street, he has spearheaded several innovations, including a weekday/Shabbat Hebrew School curriculum, a “Synaplex” Shabbat series, the two-year Me’ah course on Jewish civilization with Hebrew College and a conversational Hebrew “Ulpan”.

The Rabbi teaches at many levels of learning. His flagship adult education course “Open Beit Midrash, “which has run every year since 2005, and other adult education workshops have covered topics ranging from “The Jewish Prophets” to “Jewish Sexual Ethics”. Passionate about aiding people’s entry into Jewish life, he has taught and sponsored over sixty converts to Judaism during his tenure at Kane Street. Each week he delivers a D’var Torah on Shabbat mornings that connects the Torah Portion to spiritual and ethical questions.

Tikkun Olam, the ethical repair of the world, is central to Rabbi Weintraub’s values. He has led efforts to protest the genocide in Darfur, supported victims of terror and promoted dialogues among the Jewish, Muslim, Christian and African-American communities.

Apart from his congregational service, Rabbi Weintraub has served as a Hillel Director and organized outreach projects for intermarried couples. He is a graduate of Haverford College and the Jewish Theological Seminary.

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