When Rabbi Scott B. Weiner joined Temple Israel as Senior Rabbi in 2009, he brought with him a vision of active engagement with Judaism. "Judaism is not a spectator sport. One must engage Judaism in every way possible: from prayer to learning, from protest to visiting the sick, from visiting Israel regularly to feeding the homeless." He believes that "Judaism is at its best when spirituality and action are paired." Through our services, programs, classes, trips, social opportunities and activism, Rabbi Weiner hopes that everyone will find a special connection to our faith and traditions.
In his personal commitment to active Judaism, Rabbi Weiner co-founded Running Rabbis. He and his running partner completed the 2005 New York City Marathon while raising money and awareness for the Hebrew Union College Soup Kitchen. The Running Rabbis have since grown to include dozens of Jewish professionals who have completed races of varying distances across the country. To date, they have raised more than $150,000 for various charities; all of which are non-Jewish organizations. Rabbi Weiner has run eight marathons and hundreds of other races. Look for him during most early mornings on the streets of Westchester. Involved in many causes, both Jewish and secular, Rabbi Weiner welcomes others to make strides with him in protecting the environment, Israel, human rights, a woman's right to choose, and more. Rabbi Weiner currently serves on the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood – Hudson Peconic, is a member of both the New York and Westchester Boards of Rabbis; a member of Rabbis for Human Rights, J Street, the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel and many more organizations.
Prior to his tenure in New Rochelle, Rabbi Weiner served as Rabbi of the Hebrew Tabernacle Congregation in Washington Heights. Earlier in his career, he served as Assistant Director of both the North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY) and Reform Judaism's Kutz Camp, where, until this year, he served for five years on the Leadership Committee. Rabbi Weiner returns to camp each year to donate his time as a member of the teaching faculty.
Rabbi Weiner holds a B.A. in Judaic Studies from the State University of New York at Albany. He received his M.A. in Hebrew Literature and rabbinic ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, having studied at the
Jerusalem and New York campuses.
Rabbi Weiner lives in New Rochelle with his wife Limor, daughters Jordan and Carmel and their dog Vicki.
Since arriving at Temple Israel, Rabbi Weiner is proud of the congregation's many accomplishments in its pursuit of excellence and community service such as the foundation of the Kehillah School for Early Learning, increased festival observances, Kehillat Shabbat services and dinners, our first Mitzvah Day among many others.
The rabbi welcomes your feedback, input and suggestions and is available anytime to talk or meet in person.