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Rabbi Paul Steinberg

A nationally recognized transformational spiritual leader and educator, a lively teacher and storyteller, Rabbi Paul Steinberg is dedicated to building Jewish community by nurturing personal relationships, cultivating Jewish values through life-long learning, and engaging congregants in life-affirming, joyful expression.

Prior to arriving at Kol Shofar, Rabbi Steinberg served as the Rabbi and Director of Jewish Studies at Levine Academy: A Solomon Schechter School in Dallas, Texas; Senior Educator and Associate Rabbi at Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, California; and Community Rabbi of Beit T’Shuvah in Los Angeles.  While in these positions, he served on local and national boards and taught Jewish philosophy in the Graduate School of Education at American Jewish University.
Rabbi Steinberg graduated with distinction from his hometown school, the University of Arizona, and he holds two master’s degrees from American Jewish University. He was ordained at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in 2004. Rabbi Steinberg earned his doctorate in education at the Jewish Theological Seminary with his dissertation: “Jewish educational approaches toward addressing alcoholism and addiction in America.”

He has published dozens of articles on Jewish thought and education, was a significant contributing author to the Cambridge Dictionary of Jewish Religion and Culture (2011), and has published six books including, Study Guide to Jewish Ethics (JPS, 2003), the three-volume series Celebrating the Jewish Year (JPS, 2009) which earned the National Jewish Book Award, and Recovery, the 12 Steps, and Jewish Spirituality: Reclaiming Hope, Courage and Wholeness (Jewish Lights, 2014).  His most recent book, Spiritual Growth: A Contemporary Jewish Approach (TerraNova, 2019) which represents an accessible approach to dealing with the challenges of the day through Jewish spiritual ideals and practice, won the New Mexico/Arizona Book Award.  

Rabbi Steinberg lives in Marin County and is the father of three beautiful daughters.

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