Biographical Information for Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb
Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb is currently the Executive Vice President, Emeritus of the Orthodox Union. In this position, he serves as senior advisor to the lay and professional leadership of the Orthodox Union, develops educational programming for its website, and consults for its various publications. He is in the process of editing a book on Positive Jewish Parenting for OU Press. He acts as “ambassador” for the organization, travelling to synagogues and communities across America, and representing the Orthodox Union at conferences and forums all over the world.
Rabbi Weinreb served as Executive Vice President of the Orthodox Union from January 1, 2002 until April 1, 2009. In that role, he led the multi-purpose agency which represents and serves Orthodox Jewry through hundreds of synagogues across North America and beyond. From kosher food supervision to youth, public policy and social action programming, the OU is one of the largest and most vibrant Jewish organizations in the world today.
A talented teacher, writer and orator, Rabbi Weinreb was previously the spiritual leader of Congregation Shomrei Emunah in Baltimore, MD, which he joined in January, 1989.
Rabbi Weinreb received his rabbinic ordination from the Rabbi Jacob Joseph Yeshiva in New York. He received his Masters degree in Psychology from the New School for Social Research, and earned his PhD from the University of Maryland. Prior to assuming the pulpit of the Congregation Shomrei Emunah, Rabbi Weinreb served as Assistant Supervisor of Psychological Services for the Prince George’s County Public Schools, as Chief Psychologist of the Potomac Foundation for Mental Health, and also maintained a private practice of psychotherapy.
His recent public appearances include addresses at Cambridge University and the Democratic National Convention. He received awards from numerous Jewish institutions, and he was recognized for his religious public service with a medal presented to him by Pope Benedict XVI.
Rabbi Weinreb is Rabbinic Liaison for NEFESH, the North American Network of Orthodox Mental Health Professionals. He served on the Rabbinic Cabinet of United Jewish Communities, on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America, and on the boards of various other organizational and educational institutions.