Entries by CAI Rabbi

On Saying Goodbye

A message of thanks from Rabbi Weintraub: This is a very strange month for me.  As I prepare to depart from Newburgh and Congregation Agudas Israel on July 1, 2018, I am beginning to contemplate my new life in St. Petersburg with Congregation B’nai Israel.  I wonder what will be the same and what will […]

A Narrow Bridge

A few years back we had Mama Doni for Hanukkah. They previewed a couple of their beautiful Jewish Bluegrass songs. Now Nefesh Mountain has made it big. They are on the Top Ten Country Chart from Rolling Stone! https://www.rollingstone.com/country/lists/best-country-songs-to-hear-now-tyler-farr-tenille-townes-w519353/nefesh-mountain-the-narrow-bridge-w519356 Click here to listen to the beautiful song: As I’m listening to their incredible entire album […]

Shabbat Shalom Parshat Vayikra

Wishing you all a wonderful week. Hope that we will see you tomorrow for Parshat Vayikra. Below is my weekly video. Sacrifices and New Beginnings Parshat Vayikra: Sacrifices and New Beginnings Posted by Rabbi-Phil Weintraub on Friday, March 16, 2018

Snow day?

Dear friends, After a week of unseasonably warm weather, we find ourselves again in Winter.  How do we cope with these rapid changes?  How do we find ourselves in Spring, Summer and Winter all in the same 10 days? Our tradition offers us suggestions.  Ecclesiastes reminds us that there is nothing new under the sun.  […]


Four hundred and sixty seven school shootings in American History. That is an incomplete list from Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/School_shootings_in_the_United_States It doesn’t include suicides or when only teachers were killed. How many happen in other parts of the world? How many times do we hear thoughts and prayers? How many times have we seen any actual action […]

Hanukkah celebrations

Over the last few nights we’ve celebrated Hanukkah as a community. Each night we’ve celebrated and honored members of the community with different backgrounds and roles. We thanks them for their hard work!

How do we wrestle the Holy One?

Today is #GivingTuesday.  Support us by offering your two cents, or two dollars, or two hundred, or two thousand! Follow-up to my video: To be a Jew is to declare oneself part of a Jewish community.  It is to pay your dues.  One cannot really be Jewish alone.  One must affiliate; one must connect; one […]

Going on our way…

Happy Thanksgiving.  Here is a brief video I made about Jacob’s journey and ours.  Wishing you a meaningful time with your family and friends.

Interfaith Thanksgiving

How do we support one another? On November 19, on Benkard Ave, I stood with a dozen local clergy members and almost 100 members of our Newburgh communities.  At St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, we heard beautiful music and had fellowship together.  We heard words from Isaiah, Psalms, and Corinthians–from the Hebrew Bible and […]