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:
Vadim Yucht , Cantor
Born in a small town in the former Soviet Union, Cantor Yucht was deprived of any Jewish learning, as were all Russian Jews. In his home, the only remnant of Jewish identity was his grandmother’s yiddishkeit. There were no synagogues or even prayer books, as religion was forbidden in communist Russia. Even owning a Hebrew book was a criminal offense! Though Jews were discriminated against in jobs and education, Vadim Yucht’s outstanding abilities won him a place in a special music school in Moscow at age eight. He continued his musical studies until he was awarded a Master’s degree from the Moscow Academy of Music and Culture. He was then chosen as a member of the elite Red Army Chorus, and soon after promoted to music arranger and orchestral conductor. He was young, talented, and successful, and yet he was like all Jews in the USSR – lost souls, not knowing who they were and prohibited from finding out. So when the chance came in 1991, the Yucht family, like thousands of others, left Russia to start a new life in Israel. In Israel his great musical talent overcame all obstacles and he soon became a member of The Great Synagogue of Jerusalem choir. He performed with renowned cantors and even became a member of The New Israeli Opera, performing with world-famous conductors like Zubin Mehta. He studied with Cantor Herstik and finally earned the official title of “Hazzan” in 1997 from the Tel Aviv Cantorial Institute.Although he served as cantor in a synagogue in Ramat Gan, Vadim Yucht’s journey was not over, and he headed for the land of opportunity, the USA. By now married to Dina, he immigrated to this country and again went back to school, learning English first and then going on to graduate from the Jewish Theological Seminary with a Master of Arts degree in Jewish education. You can reach our Cantor 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 eighteen 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 seeing the “nachat” each day of her life. She is mother to Stephenie, recently married, and Avi, who is in his final year at SUNY College of Optometry. She is also lovingly married to husband Yona, who she affectionately calls her "full time best friend."
In her free time, Dorit enjoys spending time with her family, preparing special Shabbat dinners, going to the movies, her wonderful pets (2 dogs and 1 cat), 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 joined Temple Sholom as the Director of Youth Education and 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. For the past three years, Ilene has 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 Hartsdale village with her husband Eran, and will be relocating to New Jersey this summer.
Ilene is a member of the Jewish Educators Assembly and a lifetime member of Hadassah. She is ready to bring her love and passion of Judaism to Temple Sholom, by engaging our youth and families in making Judaism exciting and relevant to their daily lives. Ilene is looking forward to being a part of Temple Sholom and working with such a vibrant Jewish community.
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.