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Connect with Rabbi Salston

Rabbi Salston is here to connect with you. Please reach out to her and introduce yourself. Rabbi Salston is available for walks outside, visits, coffee, meals, and phone calls. She is so glad to be a part of the FLJC/CBI community.

Rabbi Rachel I. Salston

Rabbi Rachel I. Salston is a graduate of Brandeis University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in neuroscience with a minor in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. She then attended the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles, earning her rabbinic ordination as well as the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism’s Award for Congregational Leadership, in 2018. While in California, Rabbi Salston taught religious school at several Los Angeles congregations and served as a rabbinic intern at Burbank Temple Emanu-El in Burbank, CA, where she led worship services, taught Torah and prayer classes, and ran Tot Shabbat and preschool celebrations.

Following her ordination, Rabbi Salston returned to the east coast, serving as the Ritual Director at the Park Avenue Synagogue in New York City before becoming Chaplain at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ. She also served as a part-time Rabbi at the East Brunswick Jewish Center in East Brunswick, NJ.

Rabbi Salston is a Soferet STaM (Ritual Scribe) and specializes in Torah scroll and tefillin repair and restoration. As such, she is a valuable resource to the Jewish community on issues related to the fitness and usability of Torah scrolls.

Rabbi Salston has a passion for social justice and human rights and has traveled to Thailand with the American Jewish World Service and to India with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, needlework, yoga, and running.

To reach Rabbi Salston, please contact the synagogue office or email her at rabbi@fljc.com

Cantor Yoni Stokar

Yoni Stokar is a musician and Chazan. He is the owner and musical director of Ta Shma Orchestra, a New Jersey-based band playing weddings, bar mitzvahs, and other Jewish events. Yoni has led davening services and ran children’s musical programming for schools and synagogues all across the US. Yoni also works full time as an Occupational Therapist, treating elderly patients in their homes in New York City and Jersey. Yoni lives in Fair Lawn with his wife Chavie and their two sons Joseph and Perry.


Rabbi Emeritus

Rabbi Ronald Roth became the Rabbi of the Fair Lawn Jewish Center/Congregation Bnai Israel in 2007. He was born in Far Rockaway, Queens, and spent his childhood in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from Cornell University with a BA in theatre arts and then spent three years as a teacher before attending the Rabbinical School of the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he received an M.A. in Rabbinics and Rabbinic Ordination in 1978. He has been the Rabbi of the Beth El Synagogue in East Windsor New Jersey, and the West End Synagogue in Nashville, Tennessee.

He retired from our congregation in 2018. He continues to teach adult education for the congregation and is an active member of the Fair Lawn Borough Community Relations Advisory Committee.

Rabbi Emeritus

Rabbi Simon Glustrom was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1948. He spent 2 years as the rabbi at Congregation Beth El in Durham, North Carolina before accepting an appointment to serve as the first rabbi at the Fair Lawn Jewish Center in 1950.  Rabbi Glustrom served as Rabbi from 1950 until his retirement in 1991, when he was granted the title of Rabbi Emeritus. He is the author of several books, including “I Would Do It Again—Perhaps” and “Unfinished Journey: A Rabbi’s Bout With Doubt.” Rabbi Glustrom resides in Hackensack with his wife, Helen.

Executive Director

Abe Adler joined Fair Lawn Jewish Center/Congregation Bnai Israel in 2019 after retiring from a long career managing technology in the financial services industry. He is a resident of Fair Lawn since 1985, served on the Board of Directors of Congregation Shomrei Torah, and is a founding member of Congregation Darchei Noam.

Abe graduated from Yeshiva University where he studied Computer Science and Mathematics and then completed his M.B.A in Finance at New York University.

Abe and his wife Ronna are the proud parents of a daughter, Yaffi, and proud grandparents
of Uri and Ahuva.

To reach Abe, please email him at abe@fljc.com or call the synagogue office.

Educational Director

Marcia Kagedan brings her vast experience in Jewish education to our new Community Hebrew School of Bergen County which began in the fall of 2020. The Community Hebrew School represents the joining of the Hebrew Schools of the Fair Lawn Jewish Center/Congregation Bnai Israel and the JCCP/CBT.

Marcia has been the Educational Director at the JCCP/CBT for nearly 25 years. She has studied Jewish education at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, and Hebrew College in Boston. She recently received an honorary doctorate from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America for her outstanding leadership and contributions to Jewish education.

Marcia serves on the executive board of the Bergen County High School of Jewish Studies (BCHSJS), and for many years was chair of the JFNNJ Principals Council.  She is familiar with bringing together students from multiple congregations in her role as Kehillah Director for sixth and seventh grade students for ten area congregational schools.  She is also the USY and Kadima Director for three synagogues, including FLJC/CBI and JCCP/CBT. She has experience with students ranging in age from preschool through high school, as well as adult education.

Marcia says, “Having a fresh canvas to create a new school is exciting.  I will be bringing together two wonderful groups to form a new vibrant learning community where everyone in Bergen County will be welcomed. Our curriculum and educational experiences will create an optimum learning environment for all.”

For more information, contact Marcia Kagedan, Educational Director, Community Hebrew School of Bergen County at 201-815-8136 or Edudirector@chsbc.org

Officers

President Evan Marcus (president@fljc.com)
Executive Vice President Steve Montag
Vice President Finance Jeffrey Zerowin
Treasurer David Lauchheimer
Secretary Neil Garfinkle

 

Committees

Be part of the FLJC/CBI and join one of our many committees! If you’re interested in helping, please contact the office at info@fljc.com

Ad Journal Jeff Zerowin
Adult Education Charles Cohen
Book of the Lunch Roni Zerowin
Catering Scott Pass
Cemetery Susan Cohen
Constitution Robin Baer
Finance Jeff Zerowin
Gifts and Memorials Gary Borer
Investment Stuart Rubenstein
Kiddush Donna Pasternak
Kol Nidre Jeff Zerowin
Membership Carol Marcus
Men’s Progress Club Joe Schkolnick
News & Views Norma Pollack
Personnel Robin Baer
Phone Directory Larry Bach
Programs & Events Shirley Leibowitz
Publicity Shari Toron
Religious Affairs Steven Montag
Religious School (CHSBC) Jay Murray
Security Craig Mont
Sisterhood Ann Golick
Social Action Michael Baer & Mark Meisel
Youth Activities Neil Garfinkle
Website Manager Shari Toron

 

The Fair Lawn Jewish Center/Congregation Bnai Israel is located in central Fair Lawn and is easily accessible from the town’s main thoroughfares. The building houses a large sanctuary for Shabbat and Holiday worship as well as a small chapel for weekday minyans and smaller services.

A large ballroom is available for rent for your Simcha, and a gymnasium with a full-size basketball court can be reserved by private arrangement. A smaller social hall is available for more informal gatherings. Our building also has many classrooms and meeting rooms which can be rented based on availability. Please contact the office at info@fljc.com for more information.

Our Values

We value and respect each congregant and his or her personal journey in Judaism. We foster a sense of connection with our community. We value your participation in all aspects of Synagogue and Jewish life.

Unity

We are here for the entire congregational family, now and for future generations. We are a community of learners – At every age and from every background we grow in knowledge and deepen our understanding of the traditions and wisdom of Judaism.

Connections

We are a community that supports the United States of America, and Israel — the eternal home of the Jewish people.