Rabbi Paul Steinberg

Rabbi Paul Steinberg is a nationally recognized transformational spiritual leader and educator who is dedicated to building Jewish community by nurturing personal relationships, cultivating Jewish values through life-long learning, and engaging congregants in life-affirming, joyful expression.

He has published dozens of articles on Jewish thought and education, was a significant contributing author to the Cambridge Dictionary of Jewish Religion and Culture (2011), and has published six books including, Study Guide to Jewish Ethics (JPS, 2003), the three-volume series Celebrating the Jewish Year (JPS, 2009) which earned the National Jewish Book Award, and Recovery, the 12 Steps, and Jewish Spirituality: Reclaiming Hope, Courage and Wholeness (Jewish Lights, 2014).  His most recent book, Spiritual Growth: A Contemporary Jewish Approach (TerraNova, 2019) which represents an accessible approach to dealing with the challenges of the day through Jewish spiritual ideals and practice, won the New Mexico/Arizona Book Award.  

Prior to arriving at Kol Shofar, Rabbi Steinberg served as the Rabbi and Director of Jewish Studies at Levine Academy: A Solomon Schechter School in Dallas, Texas, Senior Educator and Associate Rabbi at Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, California, and the Community Rabbi of Beit T’Shuvah in Los Angeles.  While in these positions, he simultaneously served on local and national boards, as well as taught Jewish philosophy in the Graduate School of Education at American Jewish University.

Rabbi Steinberg graduated with distinction from his hometown school, the University of Arizona, and he holds two masters degrees from American Jewish University. He was ordained at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in 2004. Rabbi Steinberg later went on to pursue his doctorate in education at the Jewish Theological Seminary with his dissertation: “Jewish educational approaches toward addressing alcoholism and addiction in America.”

A lively teacher and storyteller, Rabbi Steinberg, a native of Tucson, Arizona, lives in Marin County and is the father of three beautiful daughters.


Click here to read Rabbi Steinberg’s Yom Kippur Sermon – The Power of Slow

Click here to read Rabbi Steinbergs Rosh Hashanah Sermon –
Finding Power in an Age of Chaos

Click here to read Rabbi Steinberg’s March 24 drash titled: The College Admissions Scandal: What Would a Kohen Do?

Click here to read Rabbi Steinberg’s March 3 drash titled: “Cradle to Grave”

Click here to read Rabbi Steinberg’s Dec 8 drash on Compassion

Click here to read Rabbi Steinberg’s Dec 1st drash on Forgiveness

Click here to read Rabbi Steinberg’s Nov 3rd drash on Living in Truth Amidst Hatred

Click here to read Rabbi Steinberg’s Yom Kippur sermon 2018

Click here to read Rabbi Paul Steinberg’s Rosh Hashanah sermon Day 1 2018

Read Clergy Corner from June 6: Baseball, American Culture, and Jewish Pride

Read Rabbi Steinberg’s Clergy Corner from May 7: Going to Beit Binah and/or Tichon Makes Kids Healthier and Live Longer

Read Clergy Corner from April 9: The Wisdom of Spring

Read Clergy Corner from March 12: The Power of Memory

Read Clergy Corner from February 12: Navigating a Black Swan World