Rabbi Paula Jayne Winnig

Rabbi Paula Jayne Winnig joined Congregation Achduth Vesholom on August 1, 2019 as Interim Rabbi. She will serve as spiritual leader through June 30, 2020.

She formerly served as the Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Madison, WI. Rabbi Winnig led the Bureau of Jewish Education in Indianapolis as Executive Director from 2011-2017.

She previously served as the spiritual leader of congregations in Roslyn, Queens and Lawrence, New York after receiving her ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1986. She was a student rabbi at the Vista Del Mar Center, Los Angeles, CA and Congregation Beth Shalom in Auckland, New Zealand.

In 2016, Rabbi Winnig led High Holiday services for Congregation Adat Israel in Guatemala City. She was a prison chaplain for New York State for five years, serving in both the Women’s maximum and medium security prisons in Bedford Hills, NY. Rabbi Winnig was an adjunct lecturer in Biblical Hebrew at the Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis.

Rabbi Winnig received her MBA from the State University of New York, her Master of Arts of Hebrew Letters from HUC-JIR in Los Angeles, and her Bachelors’ Degree with Honors in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity in Hebrew in May 2011 from the Hebrew Union College.

In 2010, Rabbi Winnig founded Torah Threads: Knitting the Threads of Torah into the Fabric of our Lives, a podcast currently on hiatus, celebrating her love of Torah, fiber arts and sustainable living.

Rabbi Winnig was a visiting graduate student in the Hebrew University Department of Talmud. She helped found and develop SULAM-LI: The Religious School for Jewish Children with Special Needs serving the Five Towns community of Long Island.

She has published many articles in both print and online media including a chapter in the book: The Women’s Haftarah Commentary. Rabbi Winnig has appeared in many television programs and was a featured participant in the weekly cable television program “Father Tom and Friends” for three years.

A past co-chair of the Indiana Board of Rabbis, she served similar roles in New York area rabbinic and inter-faith organizations prior to her arrival in Indianapolis in 2011.

In 2015, Rabbi Winnig was named Woman of the Year by Unite magazine for her advocacy of equal rights for LGBTQ individuals in Indiana.

She is the proud mother of two adult sons, Karmi & Shai. Rabbi Winnig is also a fiber artist, cook and bicyclist.

Contact Rabbi Winnig at rabbi@templecav.org or (260) 744-4245.

Rabbi Emeritus Richard B. Safran

Rabbi Emeritus Richard B. Safran was raised in New York, where he majored in Intellectual History at Brooklyn College. After working as a chaplain’s assistant in the Air Force, he was ordained at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in New York.

He served a Reform congregation in Steubenville, Ohio, before coming to Fort Wayne in 1969. He became Rabbi Emeritus in 1995.

Rabbi Safran resides in Tucson, Arizona.