Clergy & Professional Staff

Professional Staff

We invite you to learn more about the professionals who help to make Temple Har Shalom the warm, exciting and welcoming place that it is! Scroll down to read in-depth bios about our Rabbi, Cantor & Professional Staff.

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Rabbi Randi Musnitsky, D.Min
Senior Rabbi
rabbimusnitsky@templeharshalom.org
732.356.8777


Rabbi Musnitsky has been an exceptionally qualified and accomplished member of the rabbinate for more than 28 years. She served as a pulpit rabbi for 18 years, initially in Cincinnati after ordination and for 14 years at Temple Emanuel in Cherry Hill, NJ. In 2000, she was specially selected by the President of the Reform movement, Rabbi Eric Yoffie, to serve as the Regional Director for the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) in the New Jersey/West Hudson Valley Council, where she was responsible for supporting 55 congregations. Rabbi Musnitsky is now the senior rabbi at Temple Har Shalom. Rabbi Musnitsky came to Temple Har Shalom in 2007. During her tenure as senior rabbi she has dedicated her energies to creating a vital and vibrant community among her temple families. She is actively involved in every facet of congregation life including: lifecycle events, B’nai Mitzvah, Confirmation, Mountain Top School for Young Children, Religious School, youth group, adult education, outreach programs and innovative torah study . She has created a variety of programming incentives that have enhanced Temple Har Shalom with her warmth and enthusiasm. She is blessed to call Temple Har Shalom her spiritual and religious home.

Rabbi Musnitsky also devotes time to organizations both within and outside the Jewish community. She has been a member of the UJC Rabbinic Cabinet for ten years, as well as the Israel Bonds Rabbinic Cabinet. She serves on the Clergy Emergency Response Team and is active in the NJ Coalition of Religious Leaders and Bishops. Rabbi Musnitsky has acted as an Ambassador for the American Heart Association since 1998. She now serves as a member of their Board, and in 2011 she was awarded their highest honor of “Women of Distinction.” She is the recipient of the Jewish Community Relations Council Interfaith Leadership Award and was appointed by Governor Corzine to serve on the New Jersey Commission on National Service in recognition of her lifelong commitment to building community and performing community service. Most recently she was named Chair of the Joint Commission of Placements for the Reform Movement.

Rabbi Randi Musnitsky is a graduate of Brandeis University and HUC-JIR. She holds a post-graduate degree in Pastoral Care and Counseling and received her Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Counseling at HUC in 2010. She presently lives in Warren with her husband, Rabbi Ron Kaplan. They have two sons, Jonah and Rafael.

 

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Cantor Anna Berman
Cantor
cantorberman@templeharshalom.org
732.356.8777


Cantor Anna Berman received her undergraduate training in voice at the University of Maryland - College Park in 1986. During her hiatus between undergraduate school and cantorial school, Cantor Berman was a member of the Zemer Chai Choir of Greater Washington, which inevitably led her to the field of the Cantorate.

As a student of Hebrew Union College, she joined the Jewish Congregation of Kinnelon, in Kinnelon, New Jersey, as both Cantor and Educational Director. In addition, Cantor Berman has worked for the Union of American Hebrew Congregations as a intern for the Commission on Synagogue Music and she has participated in several Biennial Converntions as musical planner.

Cantor Berman adds a great deal to our community as both a musical resource and as a member of the clergy.

Elizabeth Bloch June2016

Elizabeth Bloch, MA RJE
Director of Congregational Learning
elizabethb@templeharshalom.org
732.356.8777 ext. 103


Elizabeth Bloch has over 20 years' experience as a Reform Jewish Educator (RJE) during which time she has held Director of Education positions at several congregations. She has overseen large schools of over 600 students and has helped to institute dynamic curricula. In addition to her 20+ years of teaching and educational administration, Elizabeth has developed and implemented programs for families and adult learners and has experience with the integrated preschool/religious school model. During 2012-2013, Elizabeth worked as part of a lay/professional team at her synagogue to revise and modernize their curriculum, bringing it to a place of continued relevancy and creating an environment where students love coming to Religious School. She has also served on the faculty of URJ Camp Harlam and as Director of 2-5 year olds at Southern Illinois Jewish Federation Day Camp.

Elizabeth has a BA in English & Teaching Degree from University of Haifa, and a Master of Arts in English & Education from University of Missouri. She has served as a Board Trustee and Chairwoman of the Curriculum Award committee for NATE (the National Association of Temple Educators), the URJ's educational arm and organization with whom Har Shalom's Religious School is accredited.

Elizabeth's personal story highlights an extraordinary Jewish journey, having been born and raised in India and continuing as her family made aliyah to Israel in her teens. After serving in the Israel Defense Force and attending school, Elizabeth moved to the United States and has continued to find ways to share her love for education and Jewish connectivity throughout her career.

Elizabeth joins our community with her husband, Yaacov, a Construction Project Manager who is also a trained Educator, their daughter Ariel, a college sophomore, and their son Yishai, who attended Rutgers University and currently works as a banker in Washington, D.C.

Amanda Jacobs Sept 2016

Amanda Jacobs
Director, Mountain Top School
amandaj@templeharshalom.org 
732.356.8777 ext. 107

Amanda Jacobs joins the Temple Har Shalom team with over 10 years classroom experience with Pre-K, Kindergarten and special needs children. She hodls a B.S. from the University of Massachusetts and earned her M.A. at the University of Central Florida. Amanda is currently enrolled at Kean University for early childhood programming to make sure our Mountain Top students have the best and most current curriculum.

Amanda and her husband are local community members who are thrilled to have their children attending Mountain Top School.

 

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Shira Friedman Romonosky
Youth Engagement Coordinator
shiraf@templeharshalom.org  
732.356.8777 ext. 120

Shira Friedman Romonosky joined Temple Har Shalom as the Youth Engagement Coordinator on August 1, 2015. She received her Bachelors of Science (B.S.) in kinesiology and psychology from the Pennsylvania State University. 

Shira has had a lot of experience working within the Jewish community over the past years. She was the Engagement Chair on the Board of Penn State Hillel, has taught at many Hebrew Schools throughout the years and was a substitute teacher at Pardes Jewish Day School in Phoenix, AZ. Shira is also a long time camper and staff person at Camp Ramah in the Poconos. She has tutored children in Hebrew and taught those preparing for Bar and Bat Mitzvah year. Shira has been a member of the board of Jewish youth groups as well as interned for Birthright in Israel, Alyn Hospital and Jewish Family and Children Services. 

Being a part of the Jewish community has always been very important for Shira and she is excited to now be a part of the wonderful and vibrant community here at Tempe Har Shalom

 

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Dr. Joel Goldman
Congregation Manager
joelg@templeharshalom.org  
732.356.8777 ext. 106

Joel’s journey through Jewish Communal life began in 1989, after a successful career in the private sector, when he accepted the position of Chief Financial & Administrative Officer for the NY Coalition for Soviet Jewry. One year later, when the Coalition was consolidated under the umbrella of the NY Jewish Community Relations Council, he was asked to assume the same duties for both organizations. He later became the first Executive Director for the Princeton Jewish Center.

When family called, Joel, his wife, Eileen, and son, Joshua, relocated to Boca Raton, Florida, where he became the Executive Director of the largest Reform synagogue south of Washington, DC, overseeing a congregation of almost 2,000 families and spanning 10.5 acres, eventually accepting the position of Executive Director of Conservative synagogue Beth Torah Benny Rok campus in North Miami. Prior to joining Temple Har Shalom, he spent several years with his management consulting business, but decided to return to his Jewish roots to sooth his Jewish “neshama”.

Joel has a BS in Accounting and an MBA in Finance from Long Island University, and received his PhD in Economics at California University. He resides in Franklin Park with his family.