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Rabbi Emeritus Edgar Weinsberg

Rabbi Dr. Ed Weinsberg was the rabbi of Temple Beth El of Swampscott for 20 years between 1985 and 2005 before its merger with Temple Israel. From 2005 to 2006 he served an additional year as the first rabbi of the newly formed Congregation Shirat Hayam. Previously he had been the Rabbi of Temple Beth El in Utica, New York for 8 years, and he spent 3 years in Kfar Sava, Israel, where he taught Judaica and gerontology at Beit Berl, Israel’s largest teachers college.  His dual-track career followed his 1972 ordination at the Conservative Movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary and his 1974 graduation from Columbia University, where he earned a doctorate in gerontology, - emphasizing the study of aging, while serving for a year as rabbi of Temple Israel of Scotch Plains, New Jersey.


Since retiring in 2006 – after 30 years in the pulpit, the Rabbi moved to Sarasota, Florida, where he began a new career as a health care educator and certified sexuality coach. In 2008 he published a nationally recognized prize-winning book, Conquer Prostate Cancer: How Medicine, Faith, Love and Sex Can Renew Your Life. That was followed 4 years later by his second book, Reigniting Intimacy and Sexuality after You’re Ill. He is also the author of many blog posts and published articles and has spoken on radio and TV, including shows like Good Morning America.


Before leaving Swampscott to join his family in Florida, Rabbi Weinsberg was feted at a community-wide farewell dinner, when he was presented with a large framed document that aptly summarized his tenure at Beth El and Shirat Hayam. Written in beautiful calligraphy with a stained-glass background, it proclaimed:  “You have touched our lives with compassion and guided our spiritual growth as individuals and as a congregation. You have sustained us with your wise counsel and reassuring presence. Your endless energy and depth of knowledge are constant sources of inspiration. Reaching out to others in need and working tirelessly for racial and religious unity are your passions and an example for all. We thank you for your years as our devoted rabbi, teacher, leader and friend.”