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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

 

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.

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 FLJC/CBI office at info@fljc.com

 

Adult Education: Charles Cohen

Ad Journal: Jeff Zerowin

Book of the Lunch: Roni Zerowin & Candace Miller

Catering: Scott Pass

Cemetery: Susan Cohen

Constitution: TBD

Finance: Jeff Zerowin

Gifts and Memorials: Gary Borer

Israel: TBD

Kiddush: TBD

Kol Nidre: Jeff Zerowin

Membership: Carol Marcus

Men’s Progress Club: Joe Schkolnick

News & Views: Norma Pollack

Personnel: Robin Baer

Programs & Events: TBD

Publicity: Shari Toron

Religious Affairs: Charles Cohen & Steven Montag

Religious School: Jay Murray

Sisterhood: Ann Golick

Social Action: Michael Baer & Mark Meisel

Technology: Seth Seigel-Laddy

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.