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.