Growing up in the suburbs of Atlanta, yet a New Yorker by birth, Rabbi Philip Weintraub strives to combine the straightforward truth of a New Yorker with southern charm. He sees every moment as an opportunity for holiness, creating warmth and inspiration for our souls. From Friday night services as a young child in Dunwoody, GA, to USY, Brandeis and JTS, Judaism has always been a central part of his life. Rabbi Weintraub is a devoted husband to Rebecca and proud father to his two daughters. He loves watching their tiny faces and loud voices welcoming all and serving as CAI’s welcoming committee.
Ordained at The Jewish Theological Seminary, he pursued a concentration in pastoral care. His warmth is complimented by his forthrightness. Rabbi Weintraub brings his talents as a mentor, pastoral presence, teacher and spiritual guide to everything he does. Whether teaching adults to read Torah for the first time, officiating at lifecycle events, or singing his way through the Shabbat service, his energy and dynamism inspire those around him.
His calm, unassuming manner disarms the frustrated and brings peace to those in difficult times. While he may occasionally demonstrate a rabbinic sense of humor, many find that his humor helps them to discover new insights about themselves. In his chaplaincy work, he inspires strength amidst the depths, recognizing that even the most challenging moments can be filled with meaning.
Rabbi Weintraub has answered many questions on the Jewish Values Online site, as well as shared many words of Torah on his blog (rabbiweintraub.blogspot.com). Willing to try anything (legal) to support the Jewish community, he was a contestant on Jeff Foxworthy’s American Bible Challenge, season 2 currently available on Netflix. Most of all, the entire family look forward to getting to know you and your family, finding moments of connection and inspiring one another in meaningful Jewish lives. Happy to meet you at CAI, 290 North Street, out for Wednesday morning coffee at 2 Alice’s Coffee Lounge on Broadway, bringing in the joy of Shabbat at our home, or anywhere you work/play or live in the Hudson Valley. He looks forward to celebrating with you.