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.
Rabbi Weiner also firmly believes that Judaism should fit in with people’s lives – if it isn’t a part of one’s day to day, Judaism is easily pushed to the back burner. It was this philosophy that Rabbi Weiner brought to Temple Israel, which led us to open The Kehillah School for early learning and camp Pinebrook. These institutions within Temple Israel, meet real needs in people’s lives, while at the same time give us the opportunity to bring Judaism into those lives. Similarly, Rabbi Weiner likes to use any opportunity to blend everyday activities with Jewish life: annual camping trips, travel to Jewish heritage locations, whiskey tastings, beach outing and more.
As an avid runner, you can look for Rabbi Weiner most early mornings on the streets of Westchester. He has completed 18 marathons and hundreds of other races. 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 recently finished his term of service 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. Currently, Rabbi Weiner is the President of the Interreligious Council of New Rochelle and a vice-president of the Coalition for Mutual Respect.
Prior to his tenure in New Rochelle, Rabbi Weiner served as Rabbi of the Hebrew Tabernacle Congregation in Washington Heights, NYC. 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, for the last five years, he was the Dean of 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 on the Jerusalem and New York campuses.
Rabbi Weiner lives in New Rochelle with his wife Limor and their daughters Jordan and Carmel.
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, our Chavaya program, increased festival observances, Community Shabbat services and dinners, Mitzvah Day among many others.
The rabbi welcomes your feedback, input and suggestions and is available anytime to talk or meet in person.
Contact Email: RabbiWeiner@TINR.ORGThis