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 Rabbi Randi Musnitsky, Cantor Jennifer Benrey, Cantor Emerita Anna Berman & our Professional Staff.
Rabbi Randi Musnitsky, D.Min
Rabbi Musnitsky has served in the Rabbinate for more than 36 years in both congregational and organizational settings. She has been fortunate to call Temple Har Shalom her spiritual and religious home since 2007. Known for her warmth, accessibility, compassion, and vision, she promotes a synagogue community built upon sacred partnerships with lay leadership and staff. Actively involved in every facet of congregational life including spiritual, ritual, lifecycle, and education, Rabbi Musnitsky has a deep passion for transmitting Jewish learning and traditions to our multi-generations.
Rabbi Musnitsky, while totally committed to the health and vibrancy of our Temple family, devotes time and energy to extended interests that promote a love and loyalty to Israel, tikkun olam, the repair of our world, interfaith dialogue, and communal responsibility both within and outside the Jewish community. She has served on numerous Boards, Commissions, and Councils and is the recipient of multiple leadership and service awards.
Academically, she is a graduate of Brandeis University and received rabbinic ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. In addition, she holds a post-graduate degree in Pastoral Care and Counseling and a Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Counseling. She was awarded a Doctor of Divinity upon her 25th anniversary in the rabbinate.
Yet, her proudest titles are Mom and Grandmom! She shares life with her husband of 40 years, Rabbi Ronald Kaplan.
Student Cantor Jennifer Benrey
Student Cantor Benrey began her cantorial journey in 2012 and has since had the privilege of serving the Jewish community in both cantorial and educational roles in Florida, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. A recent graduate of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music, she is currently finishing her cantorial thesis on the performance of Sephardic music in Reform synagogues and is looking forward to her ordination in 2022.
Student Cantor Benrey obtained a Master of Sacred Music (MSM) degree from HUC-JIR and a Bachelor of Music Education (BME) degree in Choral Music from The Florida State University. A former high school music and math teacher, she has channeled her passion for teaching into her cantorate. She has directed both youth and adult choirs in the synagogue and in the Jewish community and is passionate about uplifting the congregational voice and using music as the lens through which to channel spirituality. As a Jewish educator, both at camp and in the synagogue, she has created experiential education curricula that have focused on engaging students in understanding the role of prayer in their lives.
Student Cantor Benrey is also inspired by her unique Jewish heritage. A native of Miami Beach, Florida, she is fluent in Spanish and was raised by her Hungarian Ashkenazi mother and Cuban Turkish Sephardic father. Her Judaism is influenced by both her Reform Jewish upbringing and also by the customs and culture of her Cuban Turkish Sephardic family, which include Rosh Hashanah and Passover Seders with delicious Sephardic foods and haggadot written in English, Spanish, Hebrew, and Ladino. Outside of her life in the synagogue, Student Cantor Benrey is a newlywed to her Brazilian wife, Maira, who works in physical therapy and is currently studying for her Board exam.
Student Cantor Benrey comes to us from cantorial school, as did Cantor Berman 28 years ago. She is thrilled to build upon Cantor Berman’s presence and legacy and gain guidance from Cantor Berman as Cantor Berman becomes our Cantor Emerita. We are so incredibly excited to welcome Student Cantor Benrey into our home.
Cantor Anna Berman
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 Conventions as musical planner. She earned her Honorary Doctorate from HUC-JIR in 2018.
Cantor Berman adds a great deal to our community as both a musical resource and as a member of the clergy. She officially became Cantor Emerita after 28 years on July 1, 2021
Lynn Anne Cutler
Director of Congregational Education
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Lynn Anne began her career in Jewish Education in 2001 in Rockland County, New York. Since then, she has taught Hebrew and Judaic Studies, directed an exciting and well-received Summer Camp at a Jewish Day school, tutored b’nai mitzvah students, and served as Director of Lifelong Learning for Temple Beth Am in Parsippany. She is thrilled to be joining the THS community.
Lynn Anne holds an M.A. in Jewish Educational Leadership from the Davidson School at Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing/Fiction from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, and a B.A. from Drew University in nearby Madison, New Jersey. She worked as a full-time classroom teacher before embarking on her career in Jewish Education and, beyond her passion for Jewish life, is raising three teenagers with her husband, Ian.
Lynn Anne looks forward to working with clergy, families, and lay leadership to provide lively and cutting-edge educational experiences at Temple Har Shalom, helping others love Jewish learning as much as she does.