Today is January 17, 2019 -
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. While he grew up in a non-observant home, he was greatly influenced by the Cornell Hillel Rabbi, Morris Goldfarb, as well as the Rabbi of the Town and Village Synagogue in Manhattan, Stephen Lerner. 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. 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.