Each of us sees the synagogue as something different. For me it may be a spiritual center while for you it provides a sense of kinship. To others it may be a reminder of their heritage or a haven from life’s tumult. We can see it as some or all of these things and the list is hardly complete.
Regardless, from ancient times it’s the place where, as individuals and a people, we come together with our past, our present and our future. When we unite as a congregation, a loving, extended family, we feel God’s touch upon us all the more closely; we find peace when there is strife, comfort when we are sad, delight in the warmth of a loving community, and determination to make the world the better place God knows we can.
Clifford M. Kulwin
Clifford M. Kulwin
Clifford M. Kulwin has occupied the pulpit of Temple B’nai Abraham since 1999. In that time he has distinguished himself as a leader whose sermons, addresses and opinion pieces in the Star Ledger and the New Jersey Jewish News have earned him respect in the Jewish community and the community at large. Once a congregational rabbi in Rio de Janeiro and fluent in Portuguese, Rabbi Kulwin has maintained close ties with the Brazilian Jewish community there and in 2011 spent Passover officiating at community seders throughout the country.
Faith Joy Dantowitz
Faith Joy Dantowitz is honored to be a rabbi at Temple B’nai Abraham since 2010. She received her B.A.S from the University of Pennsylvania’s Moore School of Electrical Engineering and Applied Science and was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1993. After ordination, Rabbi Dantowitz served as a rabbi at Congregation B’nai Jeshurun in Short Hills, NJ for eleven years. Following that, she was the Regional Director of Admissions and Recruitment at HUC-JIR in NY for six years.
Jessica F. Epstein
Jessica F. Epstein is a 1998 graduate of the School of Sacred Music of the Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Cantor Epstein is active in the Reform cantorate on a national level. She has served as an officer and on the executive board of the American Conference of Cantors.
Doctor of Ministry, a graduate of the School of Sacred Music of the Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion in New York, was invested as a Cantor in 1982. She received her Master of Sacred Theology and Pastoral Counseling Certificate from the New York Theological Seminary. In April 2010, she earned a Doctorate in Pastoral Ministry from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in a joint program with Post Graduate Center for Mental Health, New York City.