Rabbi Larry Pinsker
Rabbi Larry Pinsker was ordained by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. He has served synagogues in communities including San Antonio, New York City, Toronto, and Winnipeg. He founded Manhattan’s West End Synagogue. From September 2012, he volunteered at The New Shul of Winnipeg while also teaching and writing about Judaism as an expression of human spiritual, religious and cultural diversity.
Rabbi Pinsker holds degrees in Philosophy and Religion (B.A., Antioch College) and Religion and Psychology (M.A., Temple University). He received Doctor of Divinity degrees, honoris causa, from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (2001) and the Jewish Theological Seminary (2007).
He is often found sitting on the floor or moving around the room telling stories to children (and attentive adults) with his able puppet collaborators. He has been an innovator in developing and leading services for adults, families, and teens, and has written High Holiday machzorim.
He has created community-wide programming, congregational development campaigns, and taught about Judaism, Jewish ethics, and religion and the media, and interfaith relations in high schools and universities from Texas Lutheran College to the University of Manitoba. His love of Jewish history, Bible, Talmud, philosophy, theology, film, and texts of Jewish spirituality infuses everything he teaches. He has taught hospital staffs and medical residents about Jewish medical ethics, end-of-life decision-making, and the relationship between spiritual care and medical treatment. He served as diversity educator at the Winnipeg Police Service Academy.
A career-long advocate of inter-religious dialogue, he frequently joins other faith-community leaders in advocating mutual understanding and respect.