Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb is Executive Vice President, Emeritus of the Orthodox Union, following more than seven years as Executive Vice President. In that role, he combined the skills of pulpit rabbi, scholar, and clinical psychologist to provide extraordinary leadership to the organization and to Orthodox Judaism worldwide.
Rabbi Weinreb received his rabbinic ordination in 1962 from the Rabbi Jacob Joseph Yeshiva in New York and served as spiritual leader of Congregation Shomrei Emunah in Baltimore for 13 years, building the congregation from 160 to more than 400 families before coming to the OU. In addition, he has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Maryland and served as a psychotherapist for mental health organizations for many years while also maintaining a private practice. His positions included roles as school psychologist for Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryland and as Chief Psychologist of the Potomac Foundation for Mental Health.
As Executive Vice President, Rabbi Weinreb built the Orthodox Union to an unparalleled degree of esteem. He traveled widely, visiting communities and congregations across North America, in addition to his frequent trips to Europe and Israel. In these travels, he frequently served as scholar-in-residence, including some of his most enjoyable assignments, guiding NCSY summer touring groups.
Now, with more time to write, Rabbi Weinreb has authored The Person in the Parsha: Discovering the Human Element in the Weekly Torah Portion, based on his popular weekly Person in the Parsha Torah commentary, in which he combines his background as a trained psychologist and a rabbinical scholar to provide insights into the parsha that would be available from no other source. For more than two decades, he has presented his annual Tisha B’Av shiur, webcast around the world on ou.org and reaching an audience of thousands. Many people use the new Koren Mesorat HaRav Kinot, the complete Tisha B’Av service, with an exquisite new English translation of the Kinot, the elegies of the fast day, by Rabbi Weinreb. Rabbi Weinreb is also the editor-in-chief of the new Koren Talmud Bavli, and has authored a commentary to Sefer Tehilim, called The Rohr Family Edition of Tehilim; also published by Koren.
Rabbi Weinreb continues to travel extensively, and to write essays and commentaries for a wide variety of resources.
Instilling Positive Jewish Values in Our Children: The Keynote Speech presented by Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb, Executive Vice President, Orthodox Union. Recorded at the Positive Jewish Parenting Seminar at Yavneh Academy, Paramus, New Jersey, December 29, 2007.
On Thursday May 31, Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb, his wife Chavi, and a number of other OU representatives, visited Sderot. Below are the messages Rabbi Weinreb sent while there. I. Thursday, May 31, 2007 4:31 PM We just arrived in Sderot. A sprawling pretty town, splashed in sunlight. Greenery. But quiet. Spooky quiet. Our
What Makes Jewish Parenting Jewish? Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb gives the keynote address at the Positive Jewish Parenting Conference and answers this question. Followed by a Question and Answer panel including words from Rabbi Jay Kelman, Rabbi Ahron Hoch and Frank Buchweitz. Recorded at the Positive Jewish Parent Conference January 9, 2005.
Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb gives the keynote address at the Positive Jewish Parenting Conference focusing on what it takes to be a good Jewish Parent in todays community. Recorded at the Positive Jewish Parent Conference March 20, 2005.