Rabbi Philip Weintraub is the rabbi of Congregation Agudas Israel in Newburgh, New York. As a rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary, he pursued a concentration in pastoral care, which will be very valuable in Newburgh.
He previously served as the sole rabbi, cantor, torah reader and “chief cook and bottle washer” of the South Baldwin Jewish Center/Congregation Shaarei Shalom. Before that he was the rabbinic intern of the E. 55th Street Conservative Synagogue. Prior to these shul communities, Philip participated in the Clinical Pastoral Education program at Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville, GA. There he provided pastoral care to the patients, families and staff of the intensive care unit.
Growing up in the suburbs of Atlanta, Philip was active in his synagogue and USY. Looking forward to a career serving the Jewish people, he continued his education at Brandeis University. There he graduated summa cum laude majoring in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. Coming from a family of Hadassah members, he married into another Hadassah family and was almost the recipient of three associate memberships at his wedding!
When he serves as shaliach tzibbur (prayer leader), his focus is on encouraging prayer and participation. Taking voice lessons has helped Philip to discover his voice. While not yet proficient, he has enjoyed learning to play guitar with the assistance of the JTS Cantorial School.
He is an active member of the interfaith community locally. In the summer of 2009, he spent 10 days in Israel and the West Bank with Jewish and Christian Seminary students through the leadership of Auburn Theological Seminary.
When not working with his community, Philip enjoys time with his wife, dog (Le'vee) and daughter. Additionally, he enjoys photography and is still attempting to crochet a kippah.
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