Today is October 20, 2019 -
I am delighted to come to FLJC/CBI after 15 years on the clergy team at Temple Israel Center, a thriving Conservative, egalitarian synagogue in White Plains, NY. My parents (one a Conservative rabbi and one a Jewish historian) raised their children to embrace religious observance along with full engagement with the modern world. After earning my B. A. at Brandeis University in music, I had the privilege of indulging my personal passions for music, teaching and all things Jewish by serving in my first career as a teacher and private tutor for music and Hebrew, Bar/Bat Mitzvah training and limudei kodesh (Jewish studies) to children and adults.
Then, a midlife yearning for a deeper spiritual life grounded in Jewish text and service to the Jewish community led me to the Jewish Theological Seminary. With the support of my loving husband, David Projansky, and our two sons (now grown), I earned an M. A. in Bible and ordination as a rabbi. I also served as a chaplain at Norwalk Hospital in Connecticut, earning a unit of C. P. E. (Clinical Pastoral Education).
One special interest of mine is helping adults and teens (including B’nai Mitzvah) at all levels to learn or hone their skills in traditional nusah (Jewish prayer modes) and to chant Torah, Haftarah and Megillah with accuracy, care and a sense of sacred mission. Another is teaching Adult Education courses on a wide variety of subjects.
Through teaching, preaching, pastoral counseling, officiating at life cycle events and informal conversation, I enjoy engaging with people of all ages. I believe that synagogue life offers many portals for people to become involved, to feel welcome and included, and I look forward to working with you toward those goals this year at FLJC/CBI.
Please be in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the synagogue office at 201-796-5040 to schedule an appointment.
Rabbi Ronald Roth became the Rabbi of the Fair Lawn Jewish Center/Congregation B’nai Israel in 2007. He was born in Far Rockaway, Queens and spent his childhood in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from Cornell University with a BA in theatre arts. He grew up in a non-observant home, and was greatly influenced by the Cornell Hillel Rabbi, Morris Goldfarb. After spending three years as a teacher, he decided to attend the Rabbinical School at the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he received an M.A. in Rabbinics and Rabbinic Ordination.