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Interim Rabbi

Rabbi Michael A. Weinberg

In reflecting on my years of service as a congregational rabbi, it is tempting to look back with pride at some singular event or some unusual program. There are many such events or programs to vie for honorable mention. However, I am most proud of the ongoing, steady, core program of congregational life and of my rabbinate: namely, to engage and involve Jews in active Jewish living; the study, worship, and community that provides a context and vocabulary of words and rituals, with which to express the deepest yearnings of our souls, cope with life’s challenges, rejoice in life’s gifts and, together, work to make the world a better place.

Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, Rabbi Michael Weinberg is a graduate of the University of Chicago and was ordained by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1980. From 1987 to 2021 he served as Rabbi of Temple Beth Israel in Skokie and is now Rabbi Emeritus. Previously, Rabbi Weinberg served as Assistant Rabbi and Director of Education at Emanuel Congregation in Chicago and as Rabbi of Sinai Temple in Michigan City, Indiana. 

Rabbi Weinberg’s talents have been tapped by many organizations outside our synagogue. He has served in a leadership role in numerous local and national Jewish and inter-faith organizations. He has long been active on the faculty of the Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute (OSRUI) camp with special attention to Chalutzim – OSRUI’s flagship intensive Hebrew immersion program. Rabbi Weinberg is a Senior Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute’s Rabbinic Leadership Initiative and serves as co-chair of the Rabbinic Action Committee of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago. Rabbi Weinberg also served as the Interim Director of Rabbinic Career Services at the Central Conference of American Rabbis.

Rabbi Weinberg is married to Jody Weinberg, a Learning Disabilities Specialist. Together they are proud parents of three children and exceedingly proud grandparents of seven wonderful grandchildren.

Recent Sermons from Rabbi Michael A. Weinberg

  • ​ September 28, 2023

    ​ Kol Nidre 5784

    Today is Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, 2023 – 50 years, to the day, since the outbreak of the 1973 Yom Kippur War. How different the world is today than it was just 50 years ago. And how different things are in Israel today than they were just 50...

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  • ​ September 28, 2023

    ​ Erev Rosh HaShanah 5784

    Hashkiveinu Adonai Eloheinu L’shalom V’ha’amideinu Malkeinu L’chayim. Cause us to lie down, Eternal our God, in peace, and raise us up, O Sovereign, to life. Many of us have heard this prayer dozens, if not hundreds, of times.  And, I imagine, like many other things that we see and hear...

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  • ​ September 28, 2022

    ​ Rosh HaShanah 5783

    When I was in eighth grade an unusual event took place. One morning, as we were all settling into our seats and getting our books out of our backpacks, our teacher stepped outside the room. Suddenly a student ran through the room screaming and yelling. Then another student ran after...

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  • ​ September 28, 2022

    ​ Erev Rosh HaShanah 5783

    Here we are, once again, together for the High Holidays. Here we are, once again, gathered as a congregation: for worship and for celebration; for inspiring prayers and for beautiful music; for heartfelt meditation and for serious introspection. With the worst of the pandemic hopefully in our rear-view mirror, so...

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