Rabbi Beni Wajnberg explains why you should never pay synagogue dues

Rabbi Beni Wajnberg is the spiritual leader of Beth Jacob Synagogue in Hamilton, Ont.

Rabbi Beni Wajnberg has worked in Brazil, Argentina, Singapore, New York, Tennessee, California, Montana and beyond. When it came down to settle down with his family and put down roots, he chose Hamilton, Ont., where he’s now the spiritual leader at Beth Jacob Synagogue.

Throughout his travels, he’s found that one thing connects all those far-flung places’ Jewish communities: they’re all Jews by choice. They take the time to invest in their community and actively live Jewish lifestyles. That, he says, is the difference between being a stakeholder in a synagogue, as opposed to simply paying dues and rarely going to shul. As he puts it: “Never pay dues.”

Rabbi Wajnberg joins Ralph Benmergui to share his own spiritual journey, the lessons he’s learned and what God means to him on the latest episode of Not That Kind of Rabbi.


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