Rabbi Rigoberto Emmanuel (“Manny”) Viñas, 45, grew up in the traditional Sephardic home of Cuban Jewish parents who came to America after the Cuban Revolution in 1960.
Born and raised in Miami, Florida, he prepared for a rabbinic career at local Yeshivot. Bilingual in English and Spanish, he attended local Sephardic synagogues that were predominantly Spanish-speaking and of Cuban origin. In 1989, Rabbi Viñas moved to New York to continue his studies at Touro College, from which he received a B.A. (Magna Cum Laude) in Psychology and Social Sciences. His Masters Degree in Social Work (MSW-CSW), with honors in psycho-dynamics, is from Hunter College.
Rabbi Viñas completed his training as a scribe with ordination (kabala in sofrut) at Yeshiva University under the tutelage of Rabbi Shmuel Schneid, a master scribe from Monsey, New York. He also has “Yoreh Yoreh” ordination from Kollel Agudath Achim under the leadership of Rabbi Aharon Zeigler of Boro Park, Brooklyn, New York and a second “Yoreh Yoreh” ordination from Yeshivah VeKollel Zichron Hizkiahu Yoel, also of Boro Park. At present he is continuing his studies at Kollel Agudath Achim for semicha as a dayan (judge) “Yadin Yadin” from his Rebbe, Rabbi Aharon Ziegler. Rabbi Viñas has dedicated his career to serving diverse Jewish communities by bringing Klal Yisrael (all Jews) together regardless of denomination, form of practice, race, ethnicity, or any other differences. He is also the Chaplain for the Yonkers Police Department.
Rabbi Viñas is the founder and director of El Centro de Estudios Judíos “Torat Emet,” a Spanish-language Jewish education and spirituality center for Latin-American Jews living in the New York area. His weekly classes and events are now held at our shul. El Centro’s web site can be found at www.centrojudio.org.
He is the father of three daughters.
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