A natural born leader with a zeal and passion for social justice and human rights equality, Rabbi Eleanor Steinman has pursued education and a professional life focused on improving the world, one person at a time.

Rabbi Steinman was born in Los Angeles, CA and spent her teenage years in a suburb of St. Paul, MN.  She graduated from Brandeis University with a Bachelor of Arts in history. In 2003, Rabbi Steinman enrolled at the Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion and earned a Master of Hebrew Letters degree, Master of Jewish Education degree, and rabbinic ordination. Currently, Rabbi Steinman is a doctoral student at the University of Southern California‘s Rossier School of Education.

After graduation from Brandeis, she participated in Avodah in New York City. During this year long program she worked as a volunteer coordinator at Learning Leaders, a program that seeks to help New York City public school students succeed in school by training volunteers who provide tutoring and other school-based enrichment. It proved to be an invaluable leadership experience that allowed her to work toward social change at a grass-roots level.

Upon her ordination in 2008, Rabbi Steinman moved to Canada to serve Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto as assistant rabbi. From July 2012-June 2013, Rabbi Steinman served as the Executive Director of California Faith for Equality, an interfaith organization that educates, organizes and supports California’s faith communities to promote equality for LGBTQ people and to safeguard religious freedoms. Rabbi Steinman served as the Director of Programs and Fund Development for A Wider Bridge, an organization that serves to inspire LGBTQ Jews to deepen their Jewish identity through connection to Israel.

Rabbi Steinman served as Rabbi/Educator at Temple Beth Hillel in Valley Village, CA, from July 2014 through June 2019. In her role she served as rabbi and pastor, ran the 225-student Religious School, coordinated and taught the Adult Education programs, and served as Director of the Hebrew and Jewish Studies Department of Beth Hillel Elementary School.

Rabbi Steinman made her imprint on Congregation Beth Israel in Houston, TX,  as Associate Rabbi from 2019-2020. Currently serves as a rabbi of Temple Beth Shalom in Austin, Texas.

Rabbi Steinman served as a board member of the Pacific Association of Reform Rabbis and was the Southern California representative for the Women’s Rabbinic Network. She is also a proud member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and the Association of Reform Jewish Educators. At this time Rabbi Steinman serves as the co-chair of the Convention Committee of the CCAR. In this capacity she works on the team to plan and execute the annual convening of Reform Rabbis.

Rabbi Steinman is proud to be married to Rabbi Denise L. Eger.



This is a personal website. It presents the ideas of Rabbi Eleanor Steinman not those of any organization. Please do not re-post any content without permission from the author and/or proper citation.

2 Responses to About

  1. Kathy Kaplan says:

    please advise me of new posts via email
    thanks heaps

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