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High Holy Days

Beth Sholom(ites) in the News

From time to time, we will highlight media articles associated with the synagogue and/or one of its congregants

Read about the upcoming event we are sponsoring at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades to celebrate Israel@70.
Read about CBS members honored by JNF at their Annual Dinner.
Read
the Jewish Standard front page article about our various singing choirs.  See flyers above to learn how to join.
Please click here to read a Jerusalem Post article about kidney donations and how it affects two of our members.  A similar article was in the local Jewish Standard.

Shabbat Times June 22-23

   Candle Lighting (06/22)                           8:13 p.m.
   Kabbalat Shabbat (06/22)                        6:45 p.m.
   Minhah (06/23)                                          7:55 p.m.
   Ma’ariv (06/23)                                          9:13 p.m.

About

Congregation Beth Sholom is a warm, vibrant, egalitarian Conservative synagogue. Located in Teaneck, NJ, we are minutes from the George Washington Bridge and just a short commute from Manhattan. Our congregation’s spiritual life includes vibrant Shabbat and holiday services; Minyan Koleinu – a lay-led, participatory service; four age-appropriate children’s services; and daily morning and evening minyanim. The synagogue is associated with a community-wide Hebrew school staffed with excellent and experienced teachers. Individuals and families of all ages can find a home at Beth Sholom  thanks to a wide array of social, educational and religious opportunities. Programs include Kadima and USY (for teens), Hazak (for retirees),the Tzipporei Sholom choir for children, Sisterhood-sponsored classes, engaging Adult Education programs, music and arts experiences, tikkun olam projects, and social events throughout the year.

We invite you to come for a visit. Shabbat hospitality is available.

Shabbat Times June 22-23

   Candle Lighting (06/22)                           8:13 p.m.
   Kabbalat Shabbat (06/22)                        6:45 p.m.
   Minhah (06/23)                                          7:55 p.m.
   Ma’ariv (06/23)                                          9:13 p.m.

Attached please find the prayer created by Rabbi Avi Weiss and referenced by Rabbi Pitkowsky in his Ne’ilah sermon and his November bulletin article.

About

Congregation Beth Sholom is a warm, vibrant, egalitarian Conservative synagogue. Located in Teaneck, NJ, we are minutes from the George Washington Bridge and just a short commute from Manhattan. Our congregation’s spiritual life includes vibrant Shabbat and holiday services; Minyan Koleinu – a lay-led, participatory service; four age-appropriate children’s services; and daily morning and evening minyanim. The synagogue is associated with a community-wide Hebrew school staffed with excellent and experienced teachers. Individuals and families of all ages can find a home at Beth Sholom  thanks to a wide array of social, educational and religious opportunities. Programs include Kadima and USY (for teens), Hazak (for retirees),the Tzipporei Sholom choir for children, Sisterhood-sponsored classes, engaging Adult Education programs, music and arts experiences, tikkun olam projects, and social events throughout the year.

We invite you to come for a visit. Shabbat hospitality is available.

Beth Sholom(ites) in the News

From time to time, we will highlight media articles associated with the synagogue and/or one of its congregants


Read about the upcoming event we are sponsoring at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades to celebrate Israel@70. 
Read about CBS members honored by JNF at their Annual Dinner.
Read the Jewish Standard front page article about our various singing choirs.  See flyers above to learn how to join.
Please click here to read a Jerusalem Post article about kidney donations and how it affects two of our members.  A similar article was in the local Jewish Standard.

We are fortunate to have on our professional staff a wonderful trio of dedicated JTS (Jewish Theological Seminary) trained individuals whose teamwork both together and with the community helps set a tone of an enjoyable Jewish community focused on spirituality, learning, music, repairing the world and supporting each other during life cycle events.
Rabbi Joel Pitkowsky began his tenure at Congregation Beth Sholom in August 2011. Prior to that, he had served as rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel in Worcester, Mass., since 2003. Rabbi Pitkowsky grew up in Fair Lawn.

Rabbi Pitkowsky

Rabbi Pitkowsky

He holds a B.A. from Rutgers College with a double major in Hebraic Studies and History and received his rabbinic ordination and M.A. in Hebrew Letters from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 2001. He served as a military chaplain candidate in the United States Air Force, and, following ordination, as the assistant rabbi and Hebrew school principal of the Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale, N.Y.

He is one of only 30 Conservative rabbis in the world certified to write gitin, Jewish divorce documents. He is a major Bruce Springsteen fan, loves to play tennis, hike, and camp. Rabbi Pitkowsky and his wife, Ingrid Goldfein, have two children, Jonah and Lili. To reach Rabbi Pitkowsky, e-mail him at rabbi@cbsteaneck.org or contact the synagogue office during regular business hours.

Cantor Ronit Wolff Hanan began her official role as the synagogue’s Music Director in 2012. For over a decade before that, however, she was sharing her knowledge and talent with our congregation, as one

Cantor Ronit Wolff Hanan

Cantor Ronit Wolff Hanan

of Beth Sholom’s High Holiday hazzanim, as co-conductor of the synagogue’s award-winning children’s chorus Tzipporei Shalom, as co-teacher of the popular Lunch & Leyn program for fifth graders, and as an integral part of the musical fabric of many of Beth Sholom’s programs for adults and children.

Born in Tel Aviv and raised in White Plains, New York, Ronit has been steeped in Jewish music since she was a child. She is also a veteran of musical comedies, revues, operettas, cabaret and jazz clubs in the U.S. and Israel, has produced pop songs and jingles for Israeli national radio, is the featured vocalist on numerous Jewish children’s recordings, and has recorded a solo CD entitled T’filateinu – Songs and Reflections for the High Holy Days. She is a singer and soloist with the Zamir Chorale and is the co-founder of the Bergen County chapter of HaZamir: the International Jewish High School Choir, which she now conducts.

Cantor Hanan holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from New York University and a Masters in Sacred Music from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, where she was invested as a Hazzan in 2012.

Ronit is the proud mother of two grown children, one a pre-school teacher and the other living in Israel having just finished serving with the IDF.

Cantor Hanan can be reached at musicdirector@cbsteaneck.org.

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Director Youth Engagement Sara Loffman

Spending most of her childhood in Teaneck, NJ, Sara Loffman, our Director of Youth Engagement embodies a deep connection to Judaism, community, and ruach. Sara attended the Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County from 3rd to 8th grade, became a high school graduate of The Frisch School, and most recently graduated from Binghamton University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Development. Not only has Sara been a counselor for several years at Ramah Canada (where she spent 13 summers), she has also been helping out at Beth Sholom for almost a decade. Sara has worked with several of our children’s minyanim over the years and continues to work in tandem with kids of all ages through her experiences at the shul, camp, tutoring, etc. Sara looks forward to enhancing the lives of our shul’s youth through her enthusiasm, planning and organizational skills, empathy, positive energy, and cooperation with various committees. Contact Sara at youth@cbsteaneck.org

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Rabbi Emeritus Kenneth Berger

Rabbi Kenneth Berger served as spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Sholom 1979-2009 and now serves with distinction as Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Beth Sholom. In 2010 he relocated to Chicago, his hometown.

Rabbi Berger received his Rabbinic ordination and the degree of Doctor of Hebrew Literature in Jewish Liturgy from the Jewish Theological Seminary. He served as a part-time member of the faculty at the Seminary for many years, teaching courses in liturgy and in the Rabbinical School’s Seminar program. He has also served as a mentor to Rabbinical students in the Seminary’s internship program.

While in Teaneck, Rabbi Berger was active in community affairs. He was a Past President of the Teaneck Clergy Council, the North Jersey Board of Rabbis, and was a member or chair of several Rabbinical Assembly Committees. He is an honorary member of the Board of Trustees of the Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County, and served on the Board and Executive Committee of UJA Federation of Northern New Jersey. He was a member of the Chancellor’s Rabbinic Cabinet at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and served as chairman of the Rabbinic Campaign on behalf of the Seminary, the Masorti Movement, and Makhon Schechter. He is also a recipient of the Seminary’s Rabbi Simon Greenberg Award for Rabbinic Achievement.

Since moving to Chicago, Rabbi Berger has taught at the Spertus Institute for Jewish Studies, at Limmud Chicago, and in his synagogue’s Adult Education program. He is currently working on a book based upon his research into the history of the liturgy on Ashkenaz in the medieval and early modern periods.

Rabbi Berger and his wife, Cheryl, have three grown children – Jonathan, Ari, and Rachel –  four granddaughters and three grandsons.

We have been fortunate to have dedicated and long term employees staffing key roles in the office.  Without them, the facility and functions would not run as smoothly as they do!

Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Abby Finkel, our  Synagogue Administrator grew up in a family entrenched in their Judaism, in synagogue life and in the larger Jewish community. Trained as a pharmacist, she worked in the industry, until meeting her husband, Mark.  After years as

Synagogue Administrator Abby Rosen Finkel

a volunteer in the Jewish community in Nashua, NH, Abby pursued a Masters’ Degree from the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program at Brandeis University. Before coming to Congregation Beth Sholom, Abby worked at Golda Och Academy, Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies, and the Mayyim Hayyim Community Mikveh an Education Center.

She currently resides in Pine Brook, with her husband, and their three children.In what little spare time Abby has, she enjoys reading, music, theater and needlepoint.

To contact Abby, go to abby@cbsteaneck.org

Robin Bodek Rosenbaum, is the Synagogue Administrative Assistant and the glue that holds all the pieces together. She has been with CBS since October, 2013 after working at The Moriah School for many years. She has a married daughter Rebecca (and Gil Feldman) who live in Michigan with their family, a married

Robin

Synagogue Administrative Assistant Robin Bodek Rosenbaum

son Rafi (and Judith) who recently moved to Teaneck with their family and a married son Jeremy (and Yael) who made aliyah last summer and reside in Efrat, Israel with their family. She has been blessed with many grandchildren and happily resides in Teaneck, though she was born in Rhode Island and grew up in Long Island. Contact Robin at robin@cbsteaneck.org

Alexandra Shlozberg has been with Congregation Beth Sholom as Bookkeeper since 1992. Originally from Russia,

Alexandra

Bookkeeper Alexandra Shlozberg

she lives with her husband in Fairlawn. She has one daughter and three grandchildren. Contact Alexandra at alex@cbsteaneck.org

Dennis White worked for Ted Georgallas Produce in Hunts Point Market, Bronx, NY as a foreman for 17 years. With 13 years under his belt at Beth Sholom as Facility Superintendent, he has two thirds of Eat, Love and Pray in his resume. He was born in New York City, lives in Teaneck and has been married for 27 years to Rhonda. They have two grown sons.

Dennis White

Facility Superintendent Dennis White

For those of you into motorcycles, Dennis is president of a tristate motorcycle club called Grid Iron Brothers.

Barbara Frank came to Congregation Beth Sholom in 2010 after serving at the Lodi Memorial Library as a professional librarian for 23 years. She serves as our part time librarian, procuring and organizing our books. She was born in the Bronx but moved to NJ when she was 11 years old.

Barbara Frank

Librarian Barbara Frank

Barbara is married and lives in Fair Lawn with her husband and they have 3 grown sons and 4 grandchildren. A little known fact about Barbara is that she has served as an emergency medical technician for the state of N.J. and volunteered on the Fair Lawn Ambulance Corps for the past 15 years.

Congregation Beth Sholom (in Teaneck, NJ) is a vibrant, welcoming, supportive kehilla (community) of the Conservative movement.We strive to enable our members to achieve fulfillment and growth in their Jewish lives through:

  • Lifelong Jewish learning
  • Acts of hesed (loving-kindness)
  • Active Jewish living
  • Tefillah (prayer)
  • Fostering deep connections with each other
  • Involvement in the wider community
  • Volunteerism
  • Commitment to Am Yisrael, Medinat Yisrael and the Masorti Movement

Congregation Beth Sholom nurtures active, congregant-initiated and led programming to express and cultivate Jewish identity and spirituality, including multiple minyanim (prayer services); music and arts programs; single-generation and multi-generational experiences.

Membership at Congregation Beth Sholom is a sign of your commitment to sustaining and developing our community. We offer various membership levels to meet the needs of your family.  The first year is pro-rated as a function of time of joining.

Family Membership includes couples, married or joined by civil union, and all of their unmarried dependent children.
Individual and Individual Parent Family Membership includes individuals and individual parents and all unmarried dependent children, and are half the amount of the full membership dues.
Associate Membership includes any individual or family who wishes to support and maintain connection with Congregation Beth Sholom, but who is unable to participate as a congregant (Has moved to Florida) or is a bona fide full member in another synagogue.  This category is determined on a case-by case basis.
Click here for our 2017 dues structure. Please note: while dues are assessed on an annual basis, it is synagogue policy to work with individuals and families to see that finances not hinder anyone from being part of the Beth Sholom community. Requests for dues reductions are made at the discretion of the President or a designee.  You can also download a membership application via the button below.
If you would like to join us for a Shabbat, click here to arrange for hosting.

Membership Application

At CBS we value membership involvement in all aspects of synagogue life. Our officers provide the leadership to oversee all policies and programs of CBS. We welcome your interest. Please reach out to any of us to explore ways you can get involved. Please email officers@cbsteaneck.org

President – Daniel Levin
1st Vice President – Devorah Silverman
2nd Vice President – Joshua Goldman Brown
3rd Vice President – Elaine Cohen
Corresponding Secretary – Marc Melzer
Recording Secretary – Leah Nadich Meir
Financial Secretary – Judy Paskind
Treasurer – Adam Wall

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Congregation Beth Sholom
354 Maitland Ave.,
Teaneck, NJ 07666
Tel 201-833-2620

© Congregation Beth Sholom
Website by Agile Digital Solutions, LLC