Edgar Weinsberg is an ordained rabbi, gerontologist and healthcare educator. After his successful robotic surgery for prostate cancer at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in April, 2007, he was moved to share his and others’ experiences by writing the book Conquer Prostate Cancer: How Medicine, Faith, Love and Sex Can Renew Your Life. He wrote the book with his contributing author, Dr. Robert Carey, a urologist and a leading robotic surgeon.
His book received the 2009 Nautilus Silver Book Award for its innovative approach to health and healing. This competitive award recognizes new leading-edge books that underscore conscious living and positive social change, combining new ideas with religion or spirituality. The book also received two 2009 Indie Excellence Book Awards, as the winner in the men’s issues category and a finalist in the health category. In addition it was a 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Award Finalist in the category of health. These awards designate the best new books published by independent publishers and authors.
Conquer Prostate Cancer has received favorable reviews nationally and regionally, in the Spring 2009 issue of Cure magazine and in the Tampa Journal of Medicine (December 2008), in addition to numerous endorsements and testimonials.
Rabbi Ed has voiced his views on prostate cancer and related concerns in the U.S. and abroad on three programs in Summer, 2008, on The Group Room Cancer Talk Show, a weekly XM satellite radio broadcast from Los Angeles. His published articles include “The Patient as Healer: How to Alleviate Your Pain and Stress,” featured in the November, 2008, Hotsheet, published by Us TOO International, the world’s largest prostate cancer support and education network.
In March of 2009 Rabbi Ed was interviewed on ABC-7 News in Sarasota, Florida, on what to do “When Your Doctor Doesn’t Listen.” His views on Coping with Prostate Cancer were presented in his interview with Dr. Tim Johnson on Good Morning America (ABC National News) in August, 2009.
His comments on coping with prostate cancer physically, emotionally and spiritually have also appeared on prominent blogs like those of Fox-TV News, Psychology Today, Chicago Sun-Times, The New York Times, the LA Daily News, the London Times Online, USA Today and US News & World Report.
Rabbi Ed earned his Master of Hebrew Literature (M.H.L.) in 1970 and his rabbinic title at New York City’s Jewish Theological Seminary in 1972. He earned his Ed.D. degree in gerontology at Columbia University Teachers College in 1974. Earlier he received a B.A. at UCLA, after completing his studies in Hebrew literature as well as German, English, history and psychology.
His career included serving 30 years as the rabbi of three congregations; a year as an adjunct professor at SUNY, Utica; and three years at Beit Berl Teachers College in Kfar Sava, Israel, as a Lecturer in Jewish Studies and Coordinator of Educational Gerontology. He also co-founded Hospice Care of Utica, New York, and throughout his career served as a part-time psychiatric center, nursing home and police chaplain, as well as a consultant.
While serving a Boston area congregation for 21 years (1985-2006), Rabbi Ed appeared frequently on public access radio and television. He also published book reviews and newspaper and journal articles, addressing religious and interfaith concerns and topics like volunteerism and Holocaust education. He is now Rabbi Emeritus of his former synagogue, Congregation Shirat Hayam of the North Shore (Boston).
He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1998. His efforts on behalf of others were acknowledged when he received the Samuel Stahl Award for Community Service, in memory of media personality Lesley Stahl’s uncle; and the Leonard Zakim Humanitarian Award for Furthering Interfaith Understanding, in memory of the Boston Anti-Defamation League’s dynamic executive director. In 2001 he was listed in Who’s Who in America.
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