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Rabbi Miriam Farber Wajnberg

Rabbi Miriam Farber Wajnberg (Vine-berg) is a rabbi, educator, and ritual creator. She loves people and opening doorways into Jewish life. She meets congregants of all ages “where they’re at” and is honored to accompany congregants on their Jewish and spiritual life journeys. Rabbi Miriam loves studying Torah regularly with her chevruta (learning partner), exploring Jewish foodways, reading Israeli poetry, and examining Torah and Jewish text through a contemporary feminist lens. 

Rabbi Miriam grew up in New York and attended Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles where she was ordained and earned her Masters of Jewish Education. She is an alumna of the prestigious Wexner Graduate Fellowship and has served as rabbi, educator, rabbinic intern, hospital chaplain, community organizer, and teacher in Jewish communities in New York, New Jersey, California, Massachusetts, Washington State, and Montana. 

Prior to joining UHC, Rabbi Miriam served as the Program Manager for Jewish Learning and Engagement at the Union for Reform Judaism, supporting North American Reform congregations offering Introduction to Judaism classes. As a member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the Association of Reform Jewish Educators, and the Women’s Rabbinic Network, Rabbi Miriam is committed to building an inclusive and relevant Jewish community that is rooted in tradition and Jewish values. She believes that Judaism should inspire lives filled with meaning that respond to the surrounding world and that every one of us can be partners in repairing the world. Rabbi Miriam uses creative Jewish ritual to imbue lifecycle events with meaning. 

Off the bima, Rabbi Miriam loves getting to know congregants over coffee and teaching the young and the young-at-heart. She believes both soul and body need sustenance and loves exploring mixology, baking (especially challah!), and cooking. Rabbi Miriam enjoys hiking, yoga, reading, and spending time with Rabbi Beni and their two sons, Shai Lev and Rafi Mendel. 

Rabbi Miriam cannot wait to begin getting to know you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out here for a conversation!


Rabbi Beni Wajnberg  


Rabbi Beni Wajnberg is a rabbi, spiritual counselor, and healer. His biggest passions are people and spirituality. His time and energy are dedicated to accompanying congregants through moments of nakhos and tzuros, joy and struggle. Rabbi Beni is a huge fan of Jewish mysticism/Kabbalah, Neo-Hasidism (a Progressive take on spiritual writings), and mindfulness. 

Half-Argentinian and half-Brazilian, he was ordained by the Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles, USA. He is also a certified energy healer in the Usui Reiki lineage. Rabbi Beni has served as rabbi, rabbinic intern, hospital chaplain, student rabbi, and teacher in congregations, hospitals, and nursing homes in New York, California, Montana, Ohio, Tennessee, Argentina, and Brazil. 

Prior to joining UHC, Rabbi Beni served as rabbi of Temple Beth Rishon, an independent and egalitarian synagogue in New Jersey, USA. As a member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the OHALAH: Association of Rabbis for Jewish Renewal, and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Assembly, he is committed to a spiritual Renewal and relevancy of yiddishkeit for the modern Jew. He is also a passionate environmentalist, committed to leaving the world just as we found it - if not better! Rabbi Beni uses Judaism, mindfulness, and healing to guide people as they search for a freshened connection with their purpose in life. 

When not in services, you might find him having a cup of tea with a congregant, discussing Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, Mister Rogers, or Brazilian soccer, hiking in nature, sitting on his meditation cushion, or spending time with his family: Rabbi Miriam and their two sons, Shai Lev and Rafi Mendel. 

Rabbi Beni would LOVE to get to know you better. Not in the “sure, yeah, let’s make plans” kind of way - but in the: please stop reading this now, and book him here for a conversation right away! That would mean the world to him.

Mon, 28 November 2022 4 Kislev 5783