Contributors (A→Z)

The Open Siddur Project is a volunteer-driven collaboration between folk passionate about Jewish spiritual practice. Some are interested in the Siddur as a technology for preserving and disseminating an evolving history of Jewish ritual, practice, and sacred poetry. Others are energized by the design challenge of crafting Siddurim that function effectively for nurturing spiritual, emotional and creative intelligence. All of us see the potential that creative engagement holds for empowering students and teachers to take ownership of those ingredients comprising their shared cultural inheritance.

The Open Siddur is a non-prescriptive, non-denominational project whose only intent is to help revitalize Judaism by ensuring its collective spiritual resources — the creative content intended for communal use — remain free for creative reuse. The Open Siddur Project invites participation without prejudice towards ethnic heritage, skin color, nationality, belief or non-belief, sex, gender, sexuality or any other consideration. All we ask for is an intellectually honest commitment to the principles and sensibilities preserved in our mission statement.

Henry Wadsworth-Longfellow
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (February 27, 1807 – March 24, 1882) was an American poet and educator. Longfellow wrote predominantly lyric poems, known for their musicality and often presenting stories of mythology and legend. He became the most popular American poet of his day and also had success overseas. Longfellow was born in Portland, Maine, which was then a part of Massachusetts. He studied at Bowdoin College. After spending time in Europe he became a professor at Bowdoin and, later, at Harvard College. His first major poetry collections were Voices of the Night (1839) and Ballads and Other Poems (1841). Longfellow retired from teaching in 1854 to focus on his writing, living the remainder of his life in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in a former headquarters of George Washington. His first wife Mary Potter died in 1835 after a miscarriage. His second wife Frances Appleton died in 1861 after sustaining burns when her dress caught fire. After her death, Longfellow had difficulty writing poetry for a time and focused on his translation. He was the first American to translate Dante Alighieri's The Divine Comedy. He died in 1882.
Alan Wagman
Alan Wagman is an assistant public defender in Albuquerque.
Rabbi Nahum Mayer Waldman (1931-2004) was professor of Bible and Hebrew at Gratz College in Philadelphia.
Arthur Waskow
Rabbi Arthur Waskow is the director of The Shalom Center. In 2013, Rabbi Waskow received T’ruah’s first Lifetime Achievement Award as a “Human Rights Hero.” His chapter, “Jewish Environmental Ethics: Adam and Adamah,” appears in Oxford Handbook of Jewish Ethics and Morality (Dorff & Crane, eds.; Oxford Univ. Press, 2013). Rabbi Waskow is the author of 22 books including Godwrestling, Seasons of Our Joy (JPS, 2012), and Down-to-Earth Judaism: Food, Money, Sex, and the Rest of Life. With Sister Joan Chittister and Murshid Saadi Shakur Chisht he co-authored The Tent of Abraham: Stories of Hope and Peace for Jews, Christians, and Muslims, and with with Rabbi Phyllis Berman wrote Freedom Journeys: Exodus & Wilderness Across Millennia (Jewish Lts, 2011). He edited Torah of the Earth (two volumes, eco-Jewish thought from earliest Torah to our own generation). These pioneering books on eco-Judaism are available at discount from “Shouk Shalom,” The Shalom center's online bookstore.
Gabriel Wasserman
Dr. Gabriel Wasserman (PhD, Yeshiva University) researches medieval Jewish literature, and is the author of Royal Attire: On Karaite and Rabbanite Beliefs by Hakham Mordecai ben Nisan (Karaite Press, 2016).
Julia Watts Belser (translation)
Julia Watts Belser is Associate Professor of Jewish Studies in the Theology Department at Georgetown University. She is the author of Power, Ethics, and Ecology in Jewish Late Antiquity (Cambridge Univ. Press 2015) and Rabbinic Tales of Destruction: Gender, Sex, and Disability in the Ruins of Jerusalem (Oxford University Press 2018).
Steven Weil
Rabbi Steven Weil is Senior Managing Director of the Orthodox Union.
Levi Weiman-Kelman
Levi Weiman-Kelman is the founding rabbi of Congregation Kol Haneshama, a Reform community in Jerusalem devoted to prayer, study and social action. He is a founding member of Rabbis for Human Rights and teaches at the Hebrew Union College.
Ezra Weinberg
Ezra Weinberg is Jewish life and enrichment manager at the YM & YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood, New York. Rabbi Ezra received his BA from Hampshire College in 1999 and his MA in Conflict Transformation from the School for International Training in 2003. He also spent seven years in Israel, adding a strong Israeli flavor to his brand of Jewish education. Ezra is a trained facilitator in having difficult conversations on the topic of Israel. Having received rabbinic ordination from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 2009, Ezra spent four years as a congregational Rabbi, including two years as the Marshall T. Meyer Rabbinic Fellow at Congregation B'nai Jeshurun in New York City. Since then he has pursued his passion for working with youth including two years as the Assistant Director at Eden Village Camp.
Josh Weinberg
Josh Weinberg is, director of Reconstructionist Rabbinical College's Israel Program. In 2003, he made aliyah to Israel. He serves as a reserve officer in the spokesperson’s unit of the Israel Defense Force and is currently enrolled in the Israeli rabbinical program at Hebrew Union College. Weinberg has been an active educator and guide for the Reform movement in Israel, with experience in both the informal and formal education sectors in Israel. He has taught and lectured widely about Israel and Jewish identity throughout Israel, the United States and Europe. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in international relations, Hebrew literature and political science from the University of Wisconsin and received a Master of Arts from the Melton Center of Jewish Education at Hebrew University. He was born and raised in Chicago. Weinberg loves politics, the environment and the outdoors, Jewish texts, and everything having to do with Israel. He is married to Mara Sheftel Getz; they are the proud parents of Noa.
Susan Weingarten (translation)
Dr. Susan Weingarten is an archaeologist and historian who was formerly in the research team of the Sir Isaac Wolfson Chair for Jewish Studies, Tel Aviv University, Israel. After publishing The Saint’s Saints: Hagiography and Geography in Jerome (2005), she decided to move from ascetic Christianity to Jewish food.
Jay Weinstein
Rabbi Jay Weinstein is rabbi at Young Israel of East Brunswick, New Jersey having previously served as assistant rabbi at Congregation Shaare Tefilla in Dallas and program coordinator for the Community Kollel of Dallas. He received his ordination from Yeshiva University.
Elimelech Weisblum of Lizhensk (1717–March 11, 1787), a Rabbi and one of the great founding Rebbes of the Hasidic movement, was known after his hometown, Leżajsk (Yiddish: ליזשענסק-Lizhensk‎) near Rzeszów in Poland. He was part of the inner "Chevraya Kadisha" (Holy Society) school of the Maggid Rebbe Dov Ber of Mezeritch (second leader of the Hasidic movement), who became the decentralised, third generation leadership after the passing of Rebbe Dov Ber in 1772. Their dissemination to new areas of Eastern Europe led the movement's rapid revivalist expansion. Rebbi Elimelech authored the classic work Noam Elimelech. It developed the Hasidic theory of the Tzaddik into the full doctrine of "Practical/Popular Tzaddikism". This shaped the social role of mystical leadership, characteristic of the "Mainstream Hasidic" path. As the founder of Hasidism in Poland-Galicia, his influence led numerous leaders and dynasties to emerging from his disciples through the early 19th century. Among them the Chozeh of Lublin, together with the Maggid of Koznitz and Menachem Mendel of Rimanov one of the three "Fathers of Polish Hasidism", furthered the spread of Tzaddikism in Poland. Because of this, Rebbi Elimelech is venerated by the "Mainstream" path in Hasidism, predominant especially in Poland, who descend from his influence. (via Wikipedia)
Avi Weiss
Avraham Haim Yosef (Avi) haCohen Weiss (Hebrew: אברהם חיים יוסף הכהן ווייס; born June 24, 1944) is an American Modern Orthodox ordained rabbi, author, teacher, lecturer, and activist. He is the Founding Rabbi and served as Senior Rabbi of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale (known as “the Bayit”) in New York. Since his retirement in 2015, he has served as the Rabbi-in-Residence. Rabbi Weiss is also the founding president of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, a rabbinical seminary for men that he refers to as "Open Orthodox", a term he coined to describe an offshoot of Modern Orthodoxy, and founder of Yeshivat Maharat for women; co-founder of the International Rabbinical Fellowship, an Open Orthodox rabbinical association founded as a liberal alternative to the Modern Orthodox Rabbinical Council of America, and founder of the grassroots organization, Coalition for Jewish Concerns, AMCHA. In 2007, Rabbi Weiss was named by Newsweek magazine as one of the fifty most influential rabbis in America, describing him as “Orthodox’s leading activist and leader of the Modern Orthodox community.” He is the author of two books, Women at Prayer: A Halakhic Analysis of Women’s Prayer Groups, and Principles of Spiritual Activism.
Lauren Weiss
Lauren Weiss is a lobbyist for an association of family planning health centers.
Raysh Weiss
Rabbi Raysh Weiss PhD is the Rabbi of Congregation Beth El of Bucks County and is married to fellow rabbi and musician Jonah Rank, and they enjoy davening and dreaming with their two extraordinary kids.
Gabor Weisz
Gábor Weisz (b.1857 Albertirsa - d. 1943 Pécs) served his community as a teacher and as a herald of youth worship, secretary and deputy rabbi of the Ḥevrah Kadishah (1888–1889, 1914–1920). From his settlement in Pécs he was the secretary of the community (1888–1943). He completed his rabbinical studies in the yeshiva of Hőgyész (Tolna m.), Dr. Ármin Perls in Pécs he continued his education in the theological sciences alongside the chief rabbi. He published Rachel, a prayer book for women (1883) and A Textbook for the History of the Jewish People for Israelite students in folk and civil schools. He was a member of the editorial board of the Jewish Lexicon. He compiled and published a list of his master's literary work, Memory of Ármin Perls, and wrote the history of the community of Pécs: The monograph of the Jewish community of Pécs (1929). In his work Visiting the Jewish Cemetery in Pécs, he remembered the famous personalities resting in the Jewish cemetery.
Walt Whitman
Walt Whitman (May 31, 1819 – March 26, 1892) was an American poet, essayist, and journalist. A humanist, he was a part of the transition between transcendentalism and realism, incorporating both views in his works. Whitman is among the most influential poets in the American canon, often called the father of free verse.
John Greenleaf Whittier
John Greenleaf Whittier (December 17, 1807 – September 7, 1892) was an American Quaker poet and advocate of the abolition of slavery in the United States. Frequently listed as one of the Fireside Poets, he was influenced by the Scottish poet Robert Burns. Whittier is remembered particularly for his anti-slavery writings as well as his book Snow-Bound.
Jeremy Wiederhorn
Since July 2008, Rabbi Jeremy Wiederhorn has served as the spiritual leader of The Conservative Synagogue. He is also Vice President of the New York Board of Rabbis, a member of the Executive Council of the Rabbinical Assembly, sits on the Rabbinic Cabinet of the Masorti Foundation, serves on the Board of Directors of MERCAZ USA, and is a Regional Board Member of ADL and National Council Member of AIPAC. Since 2011, he has served as the President of the Interfaith Clergy Association of Westport and Weston. Prior to The Conservative Synagogue, Rabbi Wiederhorn served for eight years as the first full-time rabbi of Midbar Kodesh Temple in Henderson, Nevada where he helped grow the young congregation to 300 families, started a Hevra Kadisha, and helped create the Solomon Schechter Day School of Las Vegas. Born in Michigan and raised in Southern California, the rabbi earned a BA in Judaic Studies from the University of California, San Diego. He also received a Masters in Hebrew Letters from the University of Judaism and another MA with his rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) in New York.
Rallis Wiesenthal
Rabbi Rallis Wiesenthal works to preserve Orthodox German Jewish customs. He received Semicha from Jews' College (The London School of Jewish Studies) in London, England in 1994. A graduate of Yeshivat Beis HaMidrash LaTorah (Hebrew Theological College), and the Oscar Z. Fasman Yeshiva High School in Skokie, Illinois. He lives in West Rogers Park with his wife and their four sons.
Wikisource Contributors (proofreading)
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Aaron Wolf
Aaron Wolf is a math and computer science teacher in Cleveland, Ohio.
The Jewish Vegetarian Society in Jerusalem runs Zangvil, the Ginger Vegetarian Community Center on 8 Balfour Street. The Society was founded in Jerusalem in 1991 by the late Philip L. Pick, as a counterpart to the Jewish Vegetarian Society in London. Ever since, it worked to promote animal welfare and plant based diets.
Ellen Wolintz-Fields
Rabbi Ellen S. Wolintz-Fields is execustive director for the Women’s League for Conservative Judaism.
David Wolkin
David Wolkin is a writer and an educator. He lives in Takoma Park, Maryland with his partner Keeli, their cats RoboCop and Phineas, and their dog Waffles.

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