January 16, 2020 •
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Lay Leadership

From the President

Bruce H. Greene

Welcome to Temple B’nai Abraham. We are proud to be a warm, welcoming synagogue and an exceptional educational institution.

This is a very exciting time for our congregation and synagogue. We welcome our new Senior Rabbi, David Z. Vaisberg, and his family. Rabbi Vaisberg is a spiritual, scholarly, dynamic person who is wonderfully equipped to lead our congregation into the future. We are excited to see the positive impact that he will have.

Temple B’nai Abraham is one of the largest independent synagogues in the United States. From its founding in Newark in the middle of the nineteenth century to the present in Livingston, Temple B’nai Abraham is a place for families and singles, for worship, for Jewish education, and for a devotion to social action in our community and the wider world. Interfaith families are valued members of the Temple B’nai Abraham family. We have wonderful clergy, exceptional educators and staff, and devoted lay leaders.

Our independence from organized synagogue movements allows us to go our own way. We adapt and change, ensuring our practices meet the needs of our members who are truly a family and community. Our religious services for Shabbat, High Holy Days, and all the holidays and festivals in between are rich, meaningful, and filled with warmth.

For all ages, we offer many adult education programs, events and lectures, and great social activities. We love to have new people join us.

There is a steady stream of meetings and programs of the various groups that make up our synagogue. We offer a respected and prestigious forum for important regional, national and even international speakers.

Jewish education is vital and the programs at Temple B’nai Abraham are truly excellent. Our Early School provides state-of-the-art early childhood education which gives our children excellent preparation for their future education, with sensitivity to children with allergies, special needs, and other concerns. The Jewish Learning Program, Bar/Bat Mitzvah lessons, and high school programs, including BBYO and Teen Tikkun Olam, are all educationally superior.

Tikkum Olam—healing the world— is a sacred task to which we are absolutely committed. The Social Action Committee has many and varied programs and is always grateful to welcome new volunteers.

I invite you to look over this website. Even better: come meet us in person  get to know our clergy, tour our schools, worship at services with us, participate in an event or program, hear a lecture, or participate in a class. Join us, see us in action, and be inspired. I look forward to welcoming you personally.



Open Meeting 2019

Officers 2019-2020

Bruce H. Greene, D.O.

Vice Presidents
Jeffrey Klein
Scott Loventhal
Stacey Rosenberg
Kenneth Starr

Isabella Fiske

Assistant Secretary
Tara Heyderman

Carey Gertler

Assistant Treasurer
Craig Kantor

Immediate Past President
Julie A. Silbermann

Jakob B. Halpern


Past Presidents

Julie A. Silbermann 2013-2017
Edward Meinhardt 2009-2013
BJ Reisberg 2005-2009
Jeffrey D. Roth 2003-2005
Sandra L. Greenberg 1999-2003
Merle H. Kalishman 1995-1999
Ira M. Starr 1991-1995
Marilyn Rosenbaum 1987-1991
*Joel J. Rogoff 1983-1987
Peter M. Klein 1981-1983
Martin H. Kalishman 1977-1981
*I. Samuel Sodowick 1973-1977
*Abram Barkan 1971-1973
*Dr. Sol Parent 1969-1971
*A. Sam Gittlin 1965-1969
*Leo Brody 1963-1965
*Norman Feldman 1959-1963
*Leo Brody 1954-1959
*Louis Rosen 1953-1954
*Samuel Klein 1949-1953
*Michael A. Stavitsky 1939-1949
*Albert Hollander 1926-1939
*Phillip J. Schlotland 1913-1926
*William S. Rich 1896-1912
*Moritz Beria 1871-1896
*Lesser Marks 1853-1870

* Deceased

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