Rabbi Beni Wajnberg (pronounced Vine-berg) became the rabbi and spiritual guide of Temple Beth Rishon’s congregation in 2018. 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 uses a balanced combination of Judaism, mindfulness and energetic kindness to guide people as they search for a freshened connection with their purpose in life. He considers it a privilege to have an intimate spiritual connection with each person at Temple Beth Rishon. Rabbi Beni is committed to inspiring a spiritual renewal and nurturing the relevancy of yiddishkeit for the modern Jew. Environmental preservation is an important issue to our rabbi. His hope is that we will leave the world just as we found it, if not better, for our descendants.
The rabbi came to Temple Beth Rishon from Temple Shaaray Tefila in New York City. Half-Argentinian and half-Brazilian, he trained at the Seminario Rabinico in Buenos Aires, Argentina and was ordained by the Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles. He 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. Rabbi Beni is a member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the OHALAH (Association of Rabbis for Jewish Renewal), and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Assembly.
When not in shul, Rabbi Beni shares life with his three loves: his wife Miriam and their young sons Shai Lev and Rafael Mendel. At home, he enjoys strumming his guitar, cooking a nice dinner, sitting on his meditation cushion, reading or rooting for Boca Juniors, an Argentine soccer team.
But all of this information is not enough to truly get to know him. The best way is to stop reading this now, pick up the phone, call the synagogue (201-891-4466) and set up a time to come have a cup of tea in his study. That would literally mean the world to him!