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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. Rabbi Miriam is an alumna of the prestigious Wexner Graduate Fellowship. Rabbi Miriam currently lives in New Jersey and serves 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. Rabbi Miriam supports UHC together with Rabbi Beni from afar, and is looking forward to sharing the position of co-rabbis beginning in June 2021 when they arrive in Singapore with their family. Rabbi Miriam 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. 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 life moments with meaning, throughout the lifecycle. 

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 currently serves as rabbi of Temple Beth Rishon, an independent and egalitarian synagogue in New Jersey, USA, while supporting the UHC together with Rabbi Miriam from the distance. They will take on full-time the position of co-rabbis this next June when they move to Singapore. 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. 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! - to our descendants. 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, going on and on about 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.


Wed, 25 May 2022 24 Iyar 5782