Rabbi Dudley Weinberg, senior rabbi of Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from 1955 until his death in 1976, was a very dynamic and charismatic preacher and public speaker. He also was an educator who interpreted Jewish concepts and values and profoundly influenced several generations of Jews whose lives he touched.
Prior to his service at Congregation Emanu-El, Rabbi Weinberg was senior rabbi at Temple Ohabei Shalom in Brookline, Massachusetts from 1946 to1955.
An accomplished violinist, Rabbi Weinberg attended Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. He married Marian Myers in 1940, a year before he was ordained as a Reform rabbi at the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1941. He attended chaplain school at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and served in the Army for two years during WW II in New Guinea and the Philippines, receiving the Bronze Star in the rank of Major. Rabbi Weinberg was instrumental in organizing one of the largest Passover Seders ever held in the Philippines shortly after the liberation by the United States armed forces. He also was involved in raising money for the rebuilding of the synagogue in Manila that had been demolished by the Japanese.
In 1949 Rabbi Weinberg was chosen to give the prayer for the dedication of the carillon at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. with President Harry Truman in attendance. He served on the Executive Board of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, was a trustee of the Union of American Hebrew congregations and was chairman of the CCAR-UAHC Joint Commission on Worship.
Also an author, Rabbi Weinberg wrote “The Efficacy of Prayer” which was published by the National Federation of Temple Brotherhoods in 1965. In addition, he wrote the introduction to the chapter on Deuteronomy in The Torah: A Modern Commentary edited by Gunther Plaut and published in 1981.
The much-revered Rabbi Weinberg formed the Wisconsin Council of Rabbis, was lecturer in Judaic Studies at Marquette University in Milwaukee, and was chair of the Rabbinical Advisory Committee of the United Jewish Appeal. He also worked for the rights of Soviet Jews as well as for equal housing and racial equality in Milwaukee.
Rabbi and Mrs. Weinberg have three children, Avrom, Myra and Jonathan, and five grandchildren, Benjamin, David, Eve, Daniel and Alia.
By Avrom Weinberg
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