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Victor Reinstein

Victor Reinstein

Rabbi Victor Reinstein (b. 1950) originally from Boston is a Conservative rabbi in the United States. In 2005, with his wife Mieke, he co-founded Nehar Shalom Community Synagogue in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, an egalitarian shtibl committed to traditional Jewish practice and progressive social and political values. Before then he was the school rabbi and a teacher at the Solomon Schechter Day School in Newton, MA. From 1982-1998. he served as the rabbi of Canada’s oldest synagogue, Congregation Emanu-El in Victoria, British Columbia. Rabbi Reinstein was the first director of the United Synagogue’s Keruv/Outreach program to interfaith families. Blessed to make yet another life and career transition, he spends his days engaged in writing, teaching, and communal work. Learning of life in caring for the dead, he is an active member of the Community Ḥevra Ḳadisha of Greater Boston. Committed to interfaith dialogue, he has been particularly involved in building bridges between Jews and Muslims. Engaging Torah as a sourcebook for nonviolence by which to challenge and transform violence in the text and in our lives, he seeks at the core of his work to help fulfill God’s hope for a world of justice and peace.

A Blessing for Students Going to Israel to Study, by Rabbi Victor Reinstein (2016)

Contributed on: 25 Nov 2021 by Victor Reinstein |

A prayer for students studying-abroad in Israel. . . .


אֵל מָלֵא רַחֲמִים | El Malé Raḥamim – Interfaith Memorial Service for the Homeless, by Rabbi Victor Reinstein (2014)

Contributed on: 25 Nov 2021 by Victor Reinstein |

This paraliturgical adaptation of the El Malei prayer for an Interfaith Memorial Service for the Homeless was offered by Rabbi Victor Reinstein in 2014. . . .


Kavvanah before the reading of parashat Aḥarei Mōt and the pain caused by Leviticus 18:22, by Rabbi Victor Reinstein (2015)

Contributed on: 25 Nov 2021 by Victor Reinstein |

“A kavvanah (declaration of intention) that we bring to the reading of parashat Aḥarei Mot and the pain caused by Leviticus 18:22” was offered by Rabbi Victor Reinstein in 2015. . . .


Opening Prayer for the Inaugural Boston City Council Meeting, by Rabbi Victor Reinstein (5 January 2009)

Contributed on: 26 Nov 2021 by Victor Reinstein |

The opening prayer offered before the Boston City Council on January 5th, 2009. . . .


Opening Prayer for Boston City Council Meeting (13 April 2011)

Contributed on: 26 Nov 2021 by Victor Reinstein |

The opening prayer offered before the Boston City Council on April 13th, 2011. . . .


Prayer for America, by Rabbi Victor Reinstein (2008)

Contributed on: 23 Nov 2021 by Victor Reinstein |

A prayer for the great aspirations of the country of the United States of America. . . .


Prayer for Canada, by Rabbi Victor Reinstein (1993)

Contributed on: 23 Nov 2021 by Victor Reinstein |

A prayer on behalf of Canada: its government, its leaders, and its people. . . .


Prayer for Peace in a Time of War, by Rabbi Victor Reinstein (2003)

Contributed on: 23 Nov 2021 by Victor Reinstein |

A prayer for peace written in the context of the invasion of Iraq by the United States and its allies in 2003. . . .


Yet Again: A Prayer for Israel and Gaza, by Rabbi Victor Reinstein (2014)

Contributed on: 23 Nov 2021 by Victor Reinstein |

A desperate prayer against the dehumanization and reductive feelings of anger and desperation in the context of the conflict between Israel and Gaza in the summer of 2014. . . .



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