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Our Rabbi

Rabbi Ronald Roth

Rabbi Ronald Roth

Rabbi Ronald Roth 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 he 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. After graduation from JTS he served Beth El Synagogue in East Windsor, New Jersey for seven years and then left for a larger congregation, the West End Synagogue in Nashville, Tennessee. In 2007 he was chosen to become the Rabbi of the Fair Lawn Jewish Center/Congregation B’nai Israel.

At the Fair Lawn Jewish Center/Congregation B’nai Israel he has emphasized outreach, teaching a class for those who want to know more about Judaism called “Explore Judaism” and arranging for the Rabbinical Assembly’s intensive “Introduction to Judaism” class to meet at the congregation. He has helped to create a Keruv Committee that is working to make the congregation more open to intermarried Jews. He was the only Rabbi in Northern New Jersey to teach the Mitzvah Initiative class, a special program established by the Chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary, Dr. Arnold Eisen. He led a congregational trip to Israel that included a bar/bat mitzvah ceremony for several students in Jerusalem. He has worked closely with the Social Action Committee to strengthen several of its projects, including their visits to those who are hospitalized. He has a special interest in Adult Education and Family Education. In addition to offering a number of adult education courses, he continues to teach his popular weekly class, “Nosh and Knowledge” each Tuesday. He enjoys interacting with and telling stories to the students in our Shirley and Paul Pintel Nursery School and teaching classes in the Howard and Joshua Herman Education Center, our Religious School. Working with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism he created a young leadership group for the congregation.

Rabbi Roth has been actively involved in the community. He is a member of the West Bergen Ministers Association and arranged for the Fair Lawn Jewish Center/Congregation B’nai Israel to host the annual Community Interfaith Thanksgiving service. He is the treasurer of the North Jersey Rabbinical Assembly, and a member of the North Jersey Board of Rabbis. He has twice arranged for our congregation to host the community wide “Sweet Tastes of Torah” adult education programs.

Rabbi Roth was one of the first Conservative Rabbis chosen to mentor neophyte rabbis. He received an honorary doctorate from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2005. He taught a semester-long course on Jewish Liturgy at the Vanderbilt University Divinity School, and was a consultant for a series of social studies textbooks for Macmillan McGraw Hill. Nashville Life magazine chose him as one of the 100 Coolest People in Nashville in 1997, and in 2003 he was one of fifteen Nashville clergy chosen to meet with President Bush. He will be leading a synagogue tour to central Europe in the summer of 2014.

One of his hobbies is photography and he took many of the photos on this web site and on our Facebook site.  He is married to Rhonda Cass Roth and they are the parents of two adult children Gabriel and Deena. You can contact him directly at rabbi@fljc.com