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“My House Shall be Called a House of Prayer For All Peoples”


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cultural and educational environment inspired by the highest Reform Jewish values.

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Rabbi Arthur Z. Steinberg

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Rabbi of Temple Sinai in Portsmouth, VA, from 1980 to 2012, Arthur Z. Steinberg has been on numerous boards and commissions throughout the Hampton Roads area.

He has taught classes for Old Dominion University, in other area schools, and numerous churches. He has also served as an instructor in Philosophy at the Tidewater Community College.

A community activist, he has been Vice-Chairman of: the Portsmouth Community Services Board, the National Conference of Christians and Jews, the Hampton Roads Board of Rabbis and as a board member of the Child and Family Service Agency, The Children's Care Fund, Tidewater Pastoral Counseling Services, and the Generic Theatre of Norfolk. He has served as the Jewish Chaplain of Old Dominion University.

Other activities have included service to the Churchland Interfaith Council, the Portsmouth Ministerial Association, the Portsmouth Torch Club, the American Red Cross, the

Portsmouth Police Chaplain's Bureau, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis.


A graduate of the University of Maryland (Social Psychology), Rabbi Steinberg was ordained at the Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati, Ohio, in June, 1966. Further training includes certification in Red Cross Shelter Management, hospital chaplaincy, and as a judge for U.S. Swimming.

For eleven years Rabbi Steinberg was a part-time classical music announcer on WHRO-FM. He lives in Olde Towne, Portsmouth and is married to Kathryn J. Wolf, past Director of Dependent Care Services for The Planning Council, past Regional Educator for the Union For Reform Judaism and presently Religious School Educator for Ohef Sholom Temple. They have five children, and three dogs, and do not expect an increase in either of those numbers in the foreseeable future.

In June, 2012, Rabbi Steinberg became Rabbi of Ohef Sholom Temple in Norfolk VA.