Who’s Who at Temple Emanuel

Temple Emanuel Board 2013-14

OFFICERS, BOARD OF DIRECTORS – EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE PRESIDENT          Bruce Spiewak, president@templeemanuel-gnh.org 1st VICE PRESIDENT         Melissa Perkal 2nd VICE PRESIDENT TREASURER        Howard Schachter, treasurer@templeemanuel-gnh.org Asst. TREASURER         Len Farber SECRETARY         Steve Grodzinsky, secretary@templeemanuel-gnh.org PAST PRESIDENT               Lew Shaffer RABBI    Rabbi Michael Farbman rabbi@templeemanuel-gnh.org MEMBERS OF THE BOARD Janet Adams (sisterhood rep) Barbara Berkowitz Scott Chasen Larry Eisner Jonathan Furst Barbara Goldhamer Robin Levine-Ritterman Rochelle Kanell Eileen Mydosh Jeff Pinco Steve Rivkin Mary Sessel-Glassberg Rise Siegel   more

Rabbi Emeritus – Rabbi Gerald (Jerry) Brieger

Rabbi Jerry Brieger is Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Emanuel, having served as the guitar-playing spiritual leader of Temple Emanuel from 1977 to 2009.  A New York native, he graduated from City College with a degree in Electrical Engineering, then changed paths and was ordained at Hebrew Union College (HUC) in New York.  He then studied Talmud and Rabbinics in a PhD program at HUC in Cincinnati, where he also served as Music Director of the Temple Shalom Religious School. Rabbi Brieger also earned a Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Counseling from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and the […] more

High Holy Day Cantorial Soloists Laurel Shader and Anna Zonderman

Laurel Shader, a member of Temple Emanuel since 1985, has been a High Holy Day cantorial soloist at TE since 1996. She has also been the music director/arranger for the Temple Emanuel house band since its debut in the fall of 2009. By day, Laurel is the chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the Fair Haven Community Health Center. She lives in Orange with her husband, Jon Zonderman, and is the mother of two musical young adults, Anna and Jacob Zonderman. Anna Zonderman has been a cantorial soloist at Temple Emanuel since 2004. She also leads the children’s High […] more

Cantorial Soloist at Bnei Mitzvah services – Susan Pinsky Bleeks

Susan Pinsky Bleeks has spent her entire adult life involved in her twin passions of Jewish Education and Music. She & her husband Tom joined Temple Emanuel in 1979 and within a few years she started teaching at the Religious School. Two years later, she became the Education Director of the school – a role she maintained for the next 25 years until June 2009. In 1996, she was asked to be a Cantorial Soloist for the High Holidays, as well as Soloist for the Bnai Mitzvah services. While she retired from singing at the High Holidays in 2005, she […] more

Rabbi Michael Farbman

Born in Vitebsk, Belarus, Rabbi Farbman received his semicha (rabbinic ordination) at the Leo Baeck College, Reform Rabbinical Seminary in London. From 2001 to 2004, Rabbi Farbman served West London Synagogue of British Jews in London, UK  as Assistant Rabbi. Serendipitously, Rabbi Farbman’s friend and mentor in London was Rabbi Mark Winer, the former Rabbi of Temple Emanuel in its early, formative years! Rabbi Farbman holds a  B.A. and M.A. in Hebrew and Jewish Studies. From 2004 to 2007 Rabbi Michael Farbman returned to Russia and helped build Sha’arei Shalom Progressive Jewish Community in  St. Petersburg, Russia.  The story of Sha’arei Shalom and its success is […] more

Janet Adams – Religious School Head Teacher

Janet Adams has been a member of Temple Emanuel since her family joined in 1972.   Her mother Muriel, served as the Temple receptionist for more than 30 years and her father, Walter, is a past President of Temple Emanuel.  Janet grew up and celebrated her Bat Mitzvah and Confirmation under Rabbi Gerald Brieger and later became the first graduate of Makom, our region’s Hebrew program for post Bnai Mitzvah teens. Janet has been teaching at Temple Emanuel since 1995 and became Head Teacher of TE Religious School in 2009. In addition, in 2011 she became the President of Temple Emanuel […] more