Upcoming Events

Wednesday, August 17, 2022, 6:00 pm
Rodef Shalom Biblical Garden: Garden Speaker Series

The Tree of “Everybody Knows That” — What the Garden of Eden Narrative Tells Us About the Healing Arts Today
Rodef Shalom Congregation, 4905 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Click here to RSVP (in person)

Past events

March 14, 2022; Portland, ORegon
Conference on Medicine and Religion

From the Narrow Place I Called to You: The Passover Seder as a Model for Healing

December 7, 2022
University of Pittsburgh Healthcare and Religion Lecture Series

Physician Assisted Suicide
Panel discussion with Dr. Heather Mikes and Dr. Timothy Quill
View the recording

October 7, 2021
Allegheny County Medical Society Foundation Virtual Gala

Award ceremony to accept the 2020 Nathaniel Bedford Primary Care Physician Award

August 2, 2021
National Havurah Conference (Virtual)

“In the Image” In the Clinic: Practical Implications of Genesis 1:26-27 for 21st Century Healthcare

March 22, 2021
Conference on Medicine and Religion (Virtual)

“In the Image” In the Clinic: Practical Implications of Genesis 1:26-27 for 21st Century Healthcare

February 11, 2021
UPMC Shadyside Department of Medicine Grand Rounds

Meeting a New Health Challenge Facing the Bhutanese Refugee Community in Pittsburgh: How One Community Health Center is Doing it

Group presentation with Andrea Fox, MD, MPH, Kenneth Thompson, MD, and Kimberley Kurek, CRNP.

December 7, 2020
Ohev Shalom of Bucks County

Life Turned Upside Down: Telemedicine and Healing in the Age of COVID-19

October 22, 2020
Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants Annual Conference

Teaching Clinical Humanism to Physician Assistant Students

North American Refugee Health Conference

Thursday, September 17, 2020. Topic” “Meeting a New Health Challenge Facing the Bhutanese Refugee Community in Pittsburgh: How One Community Health Center is Doing it.” Panel presentation with Kimberly Kurek, CRNP; Andrea Fox, MD, MPH; Kenneth Thompson, MD; Ashok Gurung, MS.


Tuesday, September 8, 2020. “Recognizing and Responding to Trauma” text study for fellow professionals in the Jewish community, with a focus on how successive traumas of the Tree of Life shooting and then the COVID19 pandemic have tested our capacity to respond while being traumatized ourselves, and how the pandemic has upended all of our learned responses from the shooting.

Ohev Shalom of Bucks County

Saturday, February 22, 2020. Two-part guest speaker program: guest sermon on “Keep Your Religion IN Medicine” with thoughts of Parshat Mishpatim, and lunch and learn program on “Jewish Medical Micro-Ethics.”

Tree of Life Memorial Lecture

Monday, February 17, 2020, Scaife Hall, University of Pittsburgh. JGrads Jewish graduate student group. Topic: Recognizing and Responding to Trauma. Text study on defining and identifying trauma and idioms of distress across cultures and eras, using traditional Jewish text and modern medical literature.

Jewish Federation of Richmond

Sunday, February 9, 2020, Congregation Beth El, Richmond, VA. Topic: “Keep Your Religion IN Medicine.” Thoughts on healing in accordance with my religion without imposing my beliefs – and some thoughts on fruit for Tu B’Shevat!

Toastmasters Aspinwall

Tuesday, January 28th, 2020, 6:30-9:00 p.m. Lighthouse Point, 500 Chapel Harbor Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15238. To attend https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-i-found-my-voice-aspinwall-toastmasters-2nd-annual-open-house-tickets-84442161779?aff=ebdssbeac

Scholar in Residence, Albuquerque, NM

Fri Dec 27th – Sat 28th, 2019, Congregation B’nai Israel, 4401 Indian School Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110, USA map link to event

6:30 pm December 27th Shabbat Sparks: Rav Lach Shevet: What L’cha Dodi Can – and Can’t – Teach Us

3:30 pm December 28th Seudah Shlishit: Relighting the Lamp: Rededicating Ourselves to a Covenant of Healing

6:00 pm December 28th Havdalah & Concert – original and cover music that takes the Healers Who Listen idea in a different direction, seeing the humanity in people by singing about them.

Scholar in Residence Weekend, Twin Cities

November 15-17, 2019; hosts include Sholom Home, Beth El Synagogue, Talmud Torah of St. Paul/Hineni and Mayim Rabim

If you are in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, please join me for this wonderful series of programs. Friday morning I will be doing a closed session for the staff of Sholom Home, the Twin Cities’ Jewish senior living community. On Shabbat, I will be giving three sessions at Beth El Synagogue in St. Louis Park, and honoring the memories of my friends and neighbors on the first yahrzeit (anniversary) of last year’s terror attack in Pittsburgh. Sunday morning I will be with Talmud Torah of St. Paul and Mayim Rabim for some serious text study on the topic of Jewish medical “microethics” – the ideal and the real. Looking forward to seeing a few old friends, meeting many new ones, and learning together

2019 Annual Meeting FEDTalk: Celebrating Community Strength

How do healers heal others from trauma when the healers themselves have been traumatized – and who heals the healers?  I join Rabbi Shira Stern and Dr. James Young to address healing and memory in a community recovering from a collective tragedy.

Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh Annual Meeting

Thursday, September 5, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

August Wilson Center, 980 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222


Open Book: Burnout or Moral Injury? What Nadav and Avihu Can Teach Us About the Healing Professions

Romemu, Upper West Side, New York City, March 30, 2019
Weekly Parashat HaSahvua class. Watch the livestream of the whole discussion at


Healing People in Twenty Minutes: How to Be a Human Healer Under Inhuman Conditions

March 18, 2019, Scaife Hall, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Sponsored by Pre-Health Professions Advising and the University of Pittsburgh Honors College.

Teaching future healers what the ideal encounter looks like – a relaxed setting, with someone you genuinely care about, where time just melts away. Warm weather and sunshine are a bonus.

Walk Humbly

February 21, 2019, 6:30-8:30 pm. Campbell Memorial Chapel, Chatham Univeristy, Woodland Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15232. Note the rescheduled date – we are back on!

Continuing education event hosted by Chatham University. CE credits available for Physician Assistants and Psychologists, but open to all comers. Come hear Dr. Weinkle discuss the intersection between healing and humility.

Sunday Speaker Series

Sunday, January 27, 9:30 am, Congregation Adat Shalom

368 Guys Run Road

Cheswick, PA 15024


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Meet the Author

January 20, 2019, 5:00 p.m., Pikesville, MD

Hosted by Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin and Rabbi Avram Reisner. Intimate talk and discussion of what it means to provide humane, compassionate care, in the context of Martin Luther King Weekend. https://www.facebook.com/events/2244074972473844/ to RSVP; evite details sent after RSVP.

Book Release Party

December 2, 2018
7:30-9 PM
Repair the World, 6022 Broad Street

Come celebrate the publication of Healing People, Not Patients (and the first night of Chanukah!) with us! Hear readings from the book, a little live music by the author, and enjoy latkes, doughnuts (because Chanukah) and drinks. Books available for purchase and signing. No admission fee, but bring some Chanukah gelt for some good causes, and please RSVP so we order enough yummy fried things!

B.Y.O.C. (Bring Your Own Chanukiah to light holiday candles!)