Dan Selsberg , Rabbi
Rabbi Selsberg recently completed nine years as the rabbi of Beth Jacob Synagogue in Hamilton, Ontario. In his time there, Rabbi Selsberg led a revitalization of the community, helping revive the shul, spearheading a renovation, and setting a warm and welcoming tone for synagogue life. Rabbi Selsberg is known for engaging and serious classes, relevant and humorous divrei Torah, and an ability to connect with people across the synagogue community, from children to seniors, and from long-time shul-goers to blended families searching for their place in the Jewish community. He works closely with the lay and professional leadership of the synagogue to maximize the positive effect Jewish knowledge and practice can have in the life of the community, inside and outside the walls of the shul building. Ordained by the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, California, Rabbi Selsberg is also a graduate of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A Wisconsin native, Rabbi Selsberg is a part-owner of the Green Bay Packers football team. He is married to Karen, a New Jersey native, who likes to remind him that his ownership stake is so small as to be insignificant. Rabbi Dan and Karen have three sons, Asher, Sammy, and Aitan. Rabbi Dan can be reach at email@example.com You can read some of Rabbi Selsberg’s writings at:
Cecelia Beyer, Rabbi
Rabbi Cece most recently served as the Interim Cantor at Beth El Congregation in East Windsor, New Jersey. Prior to this, she served as the Associate Rabbi, Education Director, and Director of Liturgical Arts at Temple Beth Ahm Yisrael in Springfield, NJ for six years. Prior to this, she served as the Assistant Rabbi of Temple Beth Sholom in Roslyn Heights, New York.
Rabbi Cece was ordained from the Jewish Theological Seminary in May 2010, where she pursued a concentration in sacred music as part of her studies.
While in rabbinical school she served first as the youth service director and then as the cantor at Shomrei Emunah in Montclair, New Jersey and as both a Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Intern and a Social Justice Rabbinical Intern at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah in New York City.
A Cherry Hill native, she is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the George Washington University Law School. She is a graduate of Young Judaea, has spent significant time living and working in Israel and is a life member of Hadassah.
She attended Camp Tel Yehudah as a teen, and has spent many more summers working at Jewish camps, including Camp Young Judaea Sprout Lake and Camp Ramah in the Berkshires. Most recently, she joined the "founding family" of Camp Zeke, a new Jewish camp dedicated to fitness and culinary arts, and to the connection of mind, body, and soul in Judaism.
Rabbi Cece is also an accomplished singer, actor, and dancer. She is a classically trained vocalist, a musical theater buff, and a competitive Irish step dancer. Rabbi Cece and her husband Gabe have two kitties, Minerva and Albus, and a rescue dog named Sandy. They are all huge Harry Potter fans. Rabbi Cece can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ron Isaacs, Rabbi Emeritus
Rabbi Ron Isaacs has been the spiritual leader of Temple Sholom in Bridgewater, New Jersey since 1975. He received his doctorate in instructional technology from Columbia University’s Teacher’s College. He is the author of more than 120 books. His most recent publications include The Bible: Where Do You Find it and What Does it Say and Raising a Jewish Child: Early Years. Rabbi Isaacs currently serves on the Sim Shalom Family prayer book Committee of the Rabbinical Assembly of America. For ten years both he and his wife Leora have designed and coordinated the adult learning summer experience called Shabbat Plus at Camp Ramah in the Poconos. Rabbi Isaacs has previously served on the Faculty of the Graduate Rabbinical School of the Jewish Theological Seminary, teaching a course entitled “Rabbi and Hazzan as Educator.” Contact Rabbi Ron Isaacs at email@example.com
Dorit Yehudai, Executive Director
Dorit Yehudai has over twenty five years of professional experience working in the Jewish Community. She was the Office Manager at Temple Emanu-El of West Essex for fourteen years, and truly believes that working in a Temple is not only her job, it is her mission. She was born in Israel before moving to the U.S. at an early age. So much of her joy is derived from watching her children and grandchild and seeing the “nachat” each day of her life.
In her free time, Dorit enjoys spending time with her family, especially her new born grandson David, preparing special Shabbat dinners, going to the movies, her wonderful pets (2 dogs), cooking, crocheting, and one of her great passions; music and singing. You can reach Dorit at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ilene Cohen, Director of Youth Education and Engagement
Ilene B. Cohen is our Director of Youth Education & Engagement.
Ilene earned an M.A. in Jewish Education from the William Davidson School at the Jewish Theological Seminary, as a Bob Berman fellow. After graduation Ilene worked at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue as the Assistant Director of Education in New York City and served as a Community Educator at Temple Israel Center in White Plains, New York.
During her time at TIC, Ilene created engaging and meaningful experiential programming for community holiday celebrations, developed project-based learning curriculum within the religious school program, and lead the educational team on a tefillah journey as a participating congregation of the Jewish Theological Seminary's Re-frame project.
Originally from Wilmington, Delaware, she earned a B.A. from the University of Delaware in Interpersonal Communication. Between undergrad and graduate school, Ilene spent a year volunteering in Israel on Otzma, and tries to get back to Israel as often as possible. Ilene currently lives in Maplewood, New Jersey with her husband Eran, and her daughter Yael.
Ilene is a member of the Jewish Educators Assembly and a lifetime member of Hadassah. She brings her love, creativity and passion of Judaism to Temple Sholom, by engaging our youth and families in making Judaism exciting and relevant to their daily lives.
You can reach Ilene at Ilenecohen@temple-sholom.net
Carol Rubnitz, Director of The Preschool Place and Kindergarten
Carol Rubnitz, B.S., M.S.E.C.E., started teaching at The Preschool Place & Kindergarten in 1990. She has been director since 2006. Carol has been active in the field of early childhood for over 30 years. A staff of certified educators and qualified teaching assistants bring expertise in language development, physical education, music, art and computers into their classrooms. The staff has worked happily together for several years. They actively keep up with the latest research in early childhood education and attend professional development programs, with the goal of giving your children the quality education they deserve in their early years. You can reach Carol at email@example.com.
Sharon Johnson, Preschool and Kindergarten Office Manager.
Sharon has been withThe Preschool Place & Kindergarten since 2003. She has a BA in Elementary Education from The University of Maryland and years of experience in the banking industry. You can reach Sharon at firstname.lastname@example.org.