Rabbi Baruch (Barry) Weinstein

Rabbi Barry has been serving Temple Sinai on a part – time basis since the summer
of 2010.  He commuted on a bi-weekly basis from his home in Baton Rouge.
On September 1, 2020, our rabbi was elected by the congregation to become our first Resident
Rabbi in 22 years.  He and his wife bought their new Lake Charles home just a few days before
Hurricane Laura devastated Lake Charles and their home.  Hurricane Delta inflicted their home
even more, delaying their arrival for several months.
Nonetheless Rabbi Barry has been Zooming regular Shabbes, Festival and Holy Day services
from his home, serving our congregation on a full-time “virtual” basis since March of
2020 during Pandemic.
Rabbi Barry is a native of Waverly, New York, where his parents owned the
New York Store, a retail clothing store.
After graduating from Waverly High School with a New York State Regents Scholarship, he attended Union College in Schenectady, New York.
He studied at the University of Madrid in his Junior year with
a program from New York University.  Rabbi Barry graduated from Union College
Cum Laude.
From 1966-1971 our rabbi was a student at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion
in Cincinnati, Ohio.  In his third year of seminary studies he and his wife Linda lived and studied
at the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion Campus in Jerusalem.
In his fourth and fifth year at the Seminary Rabbi Barry served Temple Israel in Blytheville,
Arkansas as Student Rabbi.   Upon Ordination in 1971 Rabbi Barry and Linda moved to
Omaha, Nebraska, were he served as Associate Rabbi Director of Education.  He looks back
on those years with his late beloved Senior Rabbi Sidney H. Brooks Z”L as so extremely important
in becoming trained as a pulpit rabbi.
Rabbi Barry and Linda’s daughters Amy and Laine were born in Omaha.
In 1983 Rabbi Barry was elected Rabbi of Congregation B’nai Israel in Baton Rouge.
He served this congregation till his retirement in 2008, when he was elected
Rabbi Emeritus.   In 2008 Rabbi Barry began serving Temple Shalom in Lafayette
on a part time basis, commuting from Baton Rouge.  The summer of 2010 he began his
service to Temple Sinai while also serving Temple Shalom, visiting each congregation on alternate
weekends!  In 2010 he decided to serve Temple Sinai exclusively, while still helping
Temple Shalom as needed.
Since his arrival in Louisiana in 1983, Rabbi Barry has become the “Supply Rabbi” for several
small congregations in South Louisiana, including New Iberia, Gonzales, and other small towns.
He is especially devoted to service to Jewish people in smaller communities as he never had
a resident rabbi while growing up in Waverly.  Nonetheless he remembers with love and
deep gratitude Beth Israel Synagogue in his hometown, a true “Shul” that had been converted to a
synagogue by his grandparents.  The only time he saw a rabbi in his youth was during Yuntif when
a rabbi, or perhaps a Chazan, traveled on the train to serve the Wavery Shul.  Rabbi Barry believes
that the absence of a rabbi while so very young played a great role in his decision to become
a rabbi!
The congregation of Temple Sinai looks forward with great eagerness to the arrival in
Lake Charles of Rabbi  Barry, Linda and their daughter to Amy.