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 Meet Rabbi Brahm Weinberg

 

 

Rabbi Weinberg and Elana joined the KMS community in August 2015.

Prior to joining KMS, Rabbi Weinberg served as the rabbi of the Young Israel of West Hartford (YIWH) for six years.  He unified the shul and transformed it into an exciting and vibrant synagogue that successfully partnered with other organizations in the community. His thoughtfulness and warm personality made YIWH  a place where people felt at home and were inspired to grow in their Judaism.  Rabbi Weinberg spearheaded efforts to develop a mission statement, establish an endowment fund, and plan major annual fundraising events.  In addition to attracting new families to join the shul, Rabbi Weinberg also cultivated increased participation in daily minyan, classes, and social programs.  Aside from the great relationships he built and the pastoral sensitivity he exhibited, congregants also admired Rabbi Weinberg for the vital leadership role he played in the broader community. He was instrumental in strengthening the yeshiva day schools and in re-establishing a functional Eruv.  Rabbi Weinberg served on the boards of various local and national Jewish organizations and sought out opportunities to partner with them in an effort to create stronger synergies between YIWH and the larger community.

Rabbi Weinberg is a native of Montreal, Canada.  After a year of study at Yeshivat Hamivtar in Israel he attended Yeshiva University (YU).  At YU he earned his B.A. in History and Jewish Studies from Yeshiva College, his Master’s degree from the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and his Semicha from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS).  At RIETS, Rabbi Weinberg also studied in the Marcos and Adina Katz Kollel and at the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies.

At YU Rabbi Weinberg received several awards including the Torah Umadda Award for the student who best exemplified the ideals of Yeshiva University as well as awards for excellence in Gemara and History. Rabbi Weinberg was one of six semicha students chosen to be a Sanford Lurie Scholar at the Jewish Center. He was also a member of the Kollel Program at the Ramaz Upper School.  This afforded him the opportunity to teach, run innovative programs for students, and participate in faculty enrichment sessions with some of the best Jewish educators in the country.  Rabbi Weinberg was also a participant in the Ner L’Elef  Fellowship for outreach training as well as the Isralight Teacher Training Program in Israel led by Rabbis David Aaron and Binny Friedman.

As part of his rabbinical training, Rabbi Weinberg served as the rabbinic intern in Congregation Shaare Tefilla in Dallas, TX. Rabbi Weinberg then spent two years as the rabbinic intern in the Great Neck Synagogue in Great Neck, New York.   He worked closely with Rabbi Dale Polakoff, past president of the Rabbinical Council of America, and one of the leading rabbis in the national Modern Orthodox community.  Rabbi Polakoff continues to be his mentor, close friend, and advisor on synagogue matters.

Rabbi Weinberg is looking forward to a successful partnership with the membership of KMS and the broader Jewish community.  He hopes to build upon the wonderful work of Rabbi Yaakov Bieler and help to ensure that KMS continues to be a vibrant, inspiring, and meaningful place; a place for people to learn, to pray, and be a part of a warm community.

Rabbi Weinberg is married to Elana Weinberg (nee Rosenblum) who grew up in East Brunswick, NJ.  After graduating from Yeshivah of Flatbush, Elana studied at Midreshet Lindenbaum in Israel and then attended Brandeis University where she earned a B.A in Philosophy and Jewish Studies.  Elana also studied at the Drisha Institute and as well as the Graduate Program for Women in Advanced Talmudic Studies at Yeshiva University.  She received her Master’s degree from the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education. Elana taught Judaic Studies at the Frisch School in Paramus, NJ as well as at the Hebrew High School of New England in West Hartford, CT.  She now teaches Judaic Studies at the Berman Hebrew Academy.

Rabbi Weinberg and Elana are blessed with three wonderful children.  Please click here if you would like to contact Rabbi Weinberg.

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