Volunteer Spotlight: Rabbi Charles Feinberg

This month, get to know N Street Village volunteer Rabbi Charles Feinberg.  Rabbi Feinberg began serving at N Street Village’s Luther Place Night Shelter in the spring of 2008.  He serves as an Overnight Supervision Volunteer regularly and has logged over 240 hours of service for N Street Village.

I work as a rabbi at Adas Israel Congregation in Cleveland Park.  I studied at Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary in NYC.   I am married to Krayna (42 years in November) and have three grown children: Sarah, Hannah, and Avi.  I became involved at N Street Village through the congregation’s long association with the organization. I am co-chair of a national group called Rabbis for Human Rights-North America; I am also involved with Anne Frank House, the Community Council for the Homeless, and Yachad, a Jewish group that rehabs housing for low-income folks.

  • Where are you from originally and how long have you lived in the DC area? I was born in Chicago and grew up in Highland Park, IL.   I have lived in DC for a little over 5 years.  I have served congregations in Madison, WI, Poughkeepsie, NY, and Vancouver, BC.
  • Favorite thing about living in D.C.? Most museums are free! Rock Creek Park! The Potomac. The theater.
  • On a Saturday evening you will find me …Watching a movie at home or at a theater.
  • When I have free time I most enjoy…bicycling or swimming.
  • Book you last read? Sacred Trash, a book about the Cairo Geniza.
  • Most played song on your iPod/car stereo/CD player? Miles Davis’ Sketches of Spain.
  • What do you enjoy most about volunteering at N Street Village?  Just helping out.

About nstreetvillage

N Street Village is a community of empowerment and recovery for homeless and low-income women in Washington, D.C. With comprehensive services addressing both emergency and long-term needs, we help women achieve personal stability and make gains in their housing, income, employment, mental health, physical health, and addiction recovery.
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2 Responses to Volunteer Spotlight: Rabbi Charles Feinberg

  1. Rabbi Donald Berlin says:

    I was delighted to learn about the worrk of Rabbi Charles feinberg at Luther Place Village. Luther Place is quite an amazing on-going project serving hundreds and an example of the enormous good which can be achieved when people from all over the community make a serious commitment caring for anothter. Washington Hebrew Congregation, a Reform congregation, has made Luther Place Village a primary concern of its social action agenda. And I had an opportunity to observe and participate first-hand when I served the congregation as Rabbi-in-Residence in 2001-2001. Before that, I watched this effort grow and grow from my perch in Baltimore where I lived and worked for 25 years. What readers may not know is that Luther Place Church, which initiated this project, supplied volunteers as substitutes to demonstrate in front of the Soviet Emabssy in Washington on behalf of Soviet Jews on Shabbat and Yom Tov when Jews were obseriving these sacred times. The church did this for many, many years. These kind of efforts showcase interfaith opportunities at their best.

  2. Leah Chanin says:

    Wonderful article about my Rabbi. Amazing that he has time for this since he has tremendous responsibilites at the Synagogue. Leah Chanin

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