Rabbi Paul Yedwab has served Temple Israel of West Bloomfield, Michigan since his ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1986, where he did his thesis work in the field of "faith development." Prior to his rabbinic education, Rabbi Yedwab received an A.B. in Politics from Princeton University.
He has published six books: The Alef-Bet of Blessing; Learn Hebrew Today; To See God Through Jewish Eyes; Shema Yisrael, Hear O Israel: The Temple Israel Siddur; Sex in the Texts; and The God Book; and many articles and sermons in a variety of journals and newspapers.
Rabbi Yedwab is the past president of the Michigan Board of Rabbis. In his work as a rabbi, he has founded or co-founded a number of organizations and projects in the Detroit Metropolitan area, including The Miracle Mission to Israel for Teens, The March of the Living Unity Mission, The Future Leaders of Klal Yisrael Mission, The Singles Shabbat Network, and Forgotten Harvest: a prepared food distribution agency. He is also on the National Advisory Board of MAZON, a Jewish Response to Hunger, and the Rabbinic Advisory Group of the World Union for Progressive Judaism. In addition, he was appointed by the Governor of Michigan to represent the Independents on the Board of Ethics.
Rabbi Paul Yedwab’s father, Rabbi Stanley z”l served Temple Beth Am in Lakewood, New Jersey for 39 years and his mother Myra z”l was a Jewish educator and immigration activist. His sister Laura is a retired Microsoft computer engineer, a nationally recognized amateur Go champion and a Feldenkrais practitioner.
He met his wife, Wendy, of Oklahoma City, at the U.A.H.C. Kutz Camp Institute in Warwick, N.Y. His children Ariella, Jesse, and Zoe are all beautiful and brilliant.