Rabbi Stephanie Bernstein has been lay leader at Temple Sinai and served as president of the congregation from 1998 to 2001. She was a clinical social worker for over twenty years in the Washington, DC area, both in clinics and in private practice. Rabbi Bernstein was a board member of the Mid-Atlantic Council of the Union for Reform Judaism. She received her rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in May 2009. Rabbi Bernstein served as a rabbi at Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church, Virginia from 2012-2022.
Rabbi Bernstein was on the staff of the Union for Reform Judaism for nine years, as teacher and coordinator for the Introduction to Judaism program in the greater Washington, DC area. She was a Study Guide writer for “The Torah: A Women’s Commentary” and worked as a chaplain with Jewish Social Services. Rabbi Bernstein has served on the boards of directors of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington, Jews United for Justice, on the executive council of the Washington Board of Rabbis and was the Board Chair of Equality Maryland. During her service on the Board of Equality Maryland and as the organization’s chair, Rabbi Bernstein worked with Board members and thousands of volunteers across Maryland to lobby for a law permitting same-sex marriage.
Rabbi Bernstein lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland with her husband Henry Winokur. She has two adult children, Sara Bernstein and Joseph Bernstein, and is the proud grandmother of Michael David Berry, Kian Leo Bernstein, and Adlai (Adi) Nima Bernstein.
Associate Rabbi, part time