Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg has served in multiple capacities in the Jewish community – including Hillel director, day school teacher and community relations professional. She is a 1986 graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and has served as a congregational rabbi for seventeen years, including thirteen years at the Jewish Community of Amherst.
In the last twenty-six years Rabbi Weinberg has studied mindfulness. She has introduced meditation into the Jewish world as a form that can enliven and illuminate Jewish practice, ideas and community.
She teaches mindfulness meditation and yoga in a Jewish idiom to lay persons, rabbis, cantors and other Jewish professionals and was a founder and senior and teacher for the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, a retreat based program for Jewish leaders ((jewishspirituality.org). She also serves as a spiritual director to rabbis, cantors and educators across the USA. She is a developer and teacher of the Jewish Mindfulness Teachers’ Training.
Weinberg has written extensively on a variety of subjects including Jewish spirituality, social justice, feminism and parenting. She is a major contributor to the Kol Haneshamah prayer book series. Her CD, Preparing the Heart: Meditation for Jewish Spiritual Practice integrates Jewish sacred text and meditation. Her first book, Surprisingly Happy: An Atypical Religious Memoir was published in 2010. God Loves the Stranger: Stories, Poems, Prayers was published in 2017. Her website is sheilapeltzweinberg.com
Rabbi Weinberg is married to Maynard Seider. She is mom to Abby and Ezra, step-mom to Aaron and mom-in-law to Nathan, Olivia and Erin. She is grandma to Hadassah Yehuda, Noah , Lailah , Benjamin and Ariel.