Rabbi Paul Steinberg
Educator    Author   Spiritual Counselo


Paul Steinberg is a rabbi and nationally recognized transformative educator.  Rabbi Steinberg began his career as the Director of Jewish Studies and Hebrew at Levine Academy: A Solomon Schechter School in Dallas, Texas.  He then went on to become the Senior Educator at Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, California, where he served as both a pulpit rabbi and heads of the various schools and educational programs.
In addition to his work at Valley Beth Shalom, Rabbi Steinberg simultaneously pursued his doctorate in education, taught Jewish philosophy in the Graduate School of Education at American Jewish University, and served on local and national boards.
He also has published several articles on Jewish thought and education, as well as several books including, Study Guide to Jewish Ethics (JPS, 2003) and the three-volume series Celebrating the Jewish Year (JPS, 2009) which earned the National Jewish Book Award
Today, after getting treatment for his own alcoholism, workaholism, and depression, Rabbi Steinberg works as the Community Rabbi at Beit T’Shuvah, an addiction treatment center and synagogue community.  Since arriving at Beit T’Shuvah, he published his book Recovery, the 12 Steps, and Jewish Spirituality: Reclaiming Hope, Courage and Wholeness (Jewish Lights, 2014), which tells his personal struggles with addiction, as well as provides the first comprehensive approach to integrating Jewish spirituality with the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous.

  Scholar/Rabbi in Residence          Spiritual Counselor                Educational Consultant 

  • Scholar/Rabbi in Residence                        
Engage me to join your community to share in a variety of learning experiences.                                       Featured topics include:                                      Recovery, Addiction & Jewish Spirituality     Jewish Education Today                                            Parenting and Teen Stress                                  
The Spirit of Holy Days                                     Kabbalah & Mysticism                                         Jewish Ethics & Law
  • Spiritual Counselor
In a trusting, confidential space, I encourage seekers to develop their inner lives, through reflection, practice, study, and response. Spiritual guidance points the seeker to  that which  transcends each day.
  • Educational Consultant                                                                                                                        As an educational consultant, I will guide, counsel, and facilitate workshops for the educational leaders and teachers of your insitution that are seeking to further content and meaning for students, teachers.

"Rabbi Paul Steinberg has the very unique ability to deliver a Jewish message in a way that is intimately relevant to the day-to-day lives of average people.  His unique background and experiences, along with his incredible scholarship and teaching ability, are a powerhouse combination rarely found.... I can't recommend Rabbi Steinberg highly enough." - Board Member, Congregation Shomrei Torah, FLA
"[Rabbi Steinberg's] impassioned and personal remarks eloquently spoke to issues associated with addiction, and also our mission and approach.... He inspired each of us to consider our life direction and what we want for ourselves and those we love.... We are thankful for this profound and meaningful gift." - Gail Mautner, Board President, Jewish Family Services, Seattle
"Rabbi Paul Steinberg is a serious Jewish educator, for whom the Jewish home, sanctuary, and school offer seamless opportunties to contribute to the growth of Jewish culture. I know him to preach and teach and have experienced his passion and vision, his energy and originality... He is the rare personality, whose searching intelligence and talents deserve the Jewish community's attention and encouragement."  - Rabbi Harold Schulweis, z"l, Valley Beth Shalom, Los Angeles