Born in Warsaw to a Hassidic family. He commenced his studies in Warsaw and continued in Berlin, where he also conducted the Haniggun choir. The choir sang Jewish music, and he toured Europe and Palestine with them. From 1926 to 1933 he worked as a conductor at the New Synagogue in Berlin. Vinaver left Germany in 1933 and in 1938 immigrated to the US where he established and conducted the Vinaver Choir. In 1967 he immigrated to Israel and settled in Jerusalem. He is known for his work The Seventh Day and for his published volume Anthology of Jewish Music.