Today is August 15, 2020 -
The Fair Lawn Jewish Center/Congregation B’nai Israel is proud to welcome
Rabbi Rachel Salston to our community.
“I am so excited and honored to be joining the Fair Lawn Jewish Center/Congregation B’nai Israel,” said Rabbi Salston. “This has been an uncommon hiring process, amidst COVID-19, but I am so glad that we have found each other. Even though I have only been to the synagogue once in person, I feel at home in the community, which is so much more than the building. We are a community that cares about each other, prayer, and Judaism.”
Rabbi Salston is a graduate of Brandeis University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in neuroscience with a minor in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. She then attended the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles, earning her rabbinic ordination as well as the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism’s Award for Congregational Leadership, in 2018. While in California, Rabbi Salston served as a rabbinic intern at Burbank Temple Emanu-El in Burbank, CA, where she led worship services, taught Torah and prayer classes, and ran Tot Shabbat and preschool celebrations.
Following her ordination, Rabbi Salston returned to the east coast, serving as the Ritual Director at the Park Avenue Synagogue in New York City before becoming Chaplain at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ. She also served as a part-time Rabbi at the East Brunswick Jewish Center in East Brunswick, NJ.
Rabbi Salston is a Soferet STaM (Ritual Scribe) and specializes in Torah scroll repair and restoration, using archival and scribal techniques. As such, she is a valuable resource to the Jewish community on issues related to the fitness and usability of Torah scrolls.
Rabbi Salston has a passion for social justice and human rights, and has traveled to Thailand with American Jewish World Service and to India with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, needlework, yoga, and running.
To reach Rabbi Salston, please contact the synagogue office or email her at email@example.com
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.