As Rabbi of the United Synagogue of Hoboken, Rabbi Robert Scheinberg has steered a century-old community through a period of unprecedented growth and revival.
Rabbi Scheinberg is a graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary and recipient of the Wexner Fellowship. An engaging teacher and speaker and an accomplished musician, he previously served congregations in Massachusetts and Alabama.
Rabbi Scheinberg is also a scholar in the field of Jewish liturgy, receiving his Ph.D. from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2020. He served on the editorial committees for the prayerbooks for Conservative Judaism, Mahzor Lev Shalem (2010) and Siddur Lev Shalem for Shabbat and Festivals (2016) and teaches Liturgy to students at the Jewish Theological Seminary and the Academy for Jewish Religion. He has held various leadership positions with the Rabbinical Assembly locally and nationally, including serving on the Rabbinical Assembly's Committee on Jewish Law and Standards. He currently serves as the Rabbi-In-Residence at the Academy for Jewish Religion.
Rabbi Scheinberg is the immediate past Chair of the Hoboken Clergy Coalition and is a founding trustee of the Hudson County Brotherhood/Sisterhood Association. He holds leadership positions with the Hoboken Shelter, the North Jersey Board of Rabbis, and the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey, among other local and national organizations.
In 2006, Rabbi Scheinberg served on the New Jersey Legislature's Death Penalty Study Commission, which set the stage for the abolition of capital punishment in New Jersey.
Rabbi Scheinberg often speaks to congregations and organizations on topics including Jewish liturgy and prayer, the prayerbooks of Conservative Judaism, and the music of the synagogue, in addition to other general topics in Jewish studies and Jewish communal life today. Contact him to inquire about bringing him to your community.
Rabbi Scheinberg lives in Hoboken with his wife, Rabbi Naomi Kalish, and their three daughters. His writings and music can be found at www.rabbischeinberg.com.
On the surface, Purim seems like the most lighthearted Jewish holiday, with joking, masquerading, feasting, and delivering treats to friends and family. But under that surface boils the powerful rage of thousands of years. When we yell and stamp and make noise during the reading of the Megillah, we express our rage not only at Haman, the villain of the Purim story, but also at those in every generation whose irrational hatred of Jews has led them to violence. But let us exhibit this rage with caution. The rage of Purim finds dramatic expression in the special Torah reading for the Shabbat before Purim, known as Shabbat Zakhor, the Sabbath of Remembrance. We read (Deuteronomy 25:17-19) that as the Israelites were wandering in the desert, they were attacked by the tribe of Amalek. The Amalekites chose to fight their battle not against the armed Israelite soldiers, but against innocent, defenseless civilians, the “stragglers in the rear.” The Torah commands us to obliterate
From the Shofar Newsletter May 2013 What’s the Hebrew word for ‘husband’? Actually, you have two choices. Both are in use in Hebrew today. and both were used in the time of the bible. The first word is ‘ ba’al ’. If a woman in Israel today wants to refer to her husband, she might refer to him as ‘ ba’ali ’ - ‘my husband.’ But if you know Hebrew, you know that the same word ‘ baal ’ can mean ‘owner.’ For example, ‘ ba’al ha-bayit ’ means ‘home-owner’ or ‘master of the house.’ And more insidiously, the owner of a slave is also referred to in the bible as ‘ baal ’. So you can see this term’s etymological origin. It is a relic of a time when a woman’s relationship with her husband wasn’t that different from the relationship between a servant and master. There are some people who won’t use the word baal on principle for this reason. So what word would they use instead? The word ‘ ish ’. Most literally, ‘ ish ’ simply means ‘man’ - but there are some point
At our synagogue's congregational seders for the last few years, we have played the following game: I have collected unusual Pesach stories, and shared three such stories with the community: two true stories, and one fictional story. Participants then have to guess which two stories are true and which one is false. (If you listen to Wait, wait, don't tell me, you get the idea, except that only one story is false.) You can see previous editions of this game here http://rabbischeinberg.blogspot.com/search?q=trivia . This is what was presented at our congregational seder in 2022. 2 are true; one is fictional. Answers at the bottom! =================================================================== Maybe you’ve seen the news about the “great Passover Kosher chicken shortage of 2022.” It inspired our trivia game this year: All our three stories this year are related to unusual stories in the news about the availability, or lack of availability, of specific Passover