Martin Weiner

San Francisco, CA

Following his ordination, Rabbi Weiner was assistant, associate and co-rabbi at Temple Oheb Shalom of Baltimore, Maryland. He served as chair of the Baltimore chapter of the American Jewish Committee, was on the state board of the ACLU and taught Jewish Religious Thought at Goucher College. He is very committed to the peace movement and to black-Jewish relations. While in Baltimore, Rabbi Weiner also did extensive graduate work in history at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Rabbi Weiner joined Congregation Sherith Israel as senior rabbi in 1972. He energized the congregation during his 31-year tenure, attracting many new members. Known throughout the community for his quest for social justice, particularly in the areas of civil rights, human rights and Soviet Jewry, Rabbi Weiner served on the San Francisco Human Rights Commission for many years. He also has been engaged with Israel through the years, not hesitating to speak his mind as the situation in the Middle East evolved.

Rabbi Weiner served as president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR), Reform Judaism’s professional rabbinical association. Previously he served as an officer and CCAR board member. He currently chairs the CCAR’s Ethics Process Review Committee. He served for thirty two years as a member of the Reform Pension Board. Rabbi Weiner is hailed as a “rabbi’s rabbi,” having many young members of his congregation become rabbis.  He has also mentored his associate rabbis to go on to serve synagogues throughout the United States.