Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg

Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg served as a congregational rabbi for 17 years. She has published widely on topics including feminism, spiritual direction, parenting, social justice, and mindfulness from a Jewish perspective, and has contributed commentaries to Kol HaNeshama, the Reconstructionist prayer book. She is the author of Surprisingly Happy: An Atypical Religious Memoir and God Loves the Stranger: Stories, Poems and Prayers, as well as the CD Preparing the Heart: Meditations for Jewish Spiritual Practice. Sheila has taught mindfulness meditation and yoga to rabbis, Jewish professionals, and laypeople in the context of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. She is creator and coleader of the Jewish Mindfulness Teacher Training Program.


  • Mindfulness and Torah

    I went to my first 10-day silent retreat because I was attracted to the idea of sitting in silence and letting go of the wordiness of my rabbinic life. It was unbearably difficult.