Meet Our Clergy
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.
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, visits, coffee, meals, and phone calls. She is so glad to be a part of the FLJC/CBI community.
To reach Rabbi Salston, please contact the synagogue office or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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 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.
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.
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.
We are a community that supports the United States of America, and Israel — the eternal home of the Jewish people.