Rabbi Simcha Weinberg
Senior Rabbi Simcha Weinberg
About Rabbi Simcha Weinberg
Rabbi Simcha Weinberg received his rabbinic ordination in 1980. In 1981, he also founded and became the dean of the Sephardic Center of Saratoga in California, the first Sephardic community in Silicon Valley.Three years later, he joined Shaarei Tefilah in Saratoga Springs, New York, as senior rabbi New York, as senior rabbi. In 1985, Rabbi Simcha Weinberg took on senior rabbi responsibilities at Tpheris Israel Chevra Kadisha in St. Louis. After four years at this post, he became senior rabbi at B’Nai David Judea Congregation in Los Angeles. Between 1991 and 1996, he led a congregation of more than 5,000 individuals at the Lincoln Square Synagogue in New York City.
More recently, Rabbi Weinberg served in various positions with New York’s IDT Corporation. He performed legal duties for the company for nearly a decade and founded the IDT Center for Torah and Technology. In 2008, he left IDT to establish The Foundation Stone, a resource for people searching for meaning and a deeper understanding of their Judaism. He supports a number of additional organizations, particularly those that provide opportunities for at-risk youth.
The Growth of the Jewish Community
Rabbi Simcha Weinberg has been serving the Jewish community for more than three decades. During this time, Rabbi Simcha Weinberg has traveled to Europe and Latin America to teach people about his faith.
Practiced primarily in Israel, Europe, and the United States, Judaism is a worldwide religion that continues to grow. In 1880, it was estimated that 7.8 million people followed the religion. Within a century, the population increased to more than 12.8 million. Today, it is estimated that approximately 14 million people are devout followers.
While the number of Jewish followers remains low in Latin America, the faith continues to grow in size. In 2012, the Sao Paulo Hebraica Sports Club and Community Center, which is comparable to an American Jewish center, welcomed 450 new students to its Aleph School. The center serves 24,000 members and has a school waitlist of 120. Likewise, the Panama Jewish community grew by 70 percent within a decade, serving approximately 8,000 followers during that period. Other Latin American communities showing significant growth include Buenos Aires, Argentina.