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.
Rabbi Randi Musnitsky, D.Min
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.
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.
Director, Mountain Top School
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 holds 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.
Youth Engagement Coordinator
732.356.8777 ext. 120
Jordan Gelber joins Temple Har Shalom with more than five years of Jewish youth education and programming experience. He has held a variety of positions at his local Jewish Community Center of West Hartford, Connecticut, within the youth, membership, and camp departments. Throughout his six summers at Camp Shalom, he began as a Junior Counselor and rose up to join the camp administrative team in the main office. He is thrilled to bring with him the experience and knowledge of creating fun and exciting programs that our children and youth will remember for a long time.
Jordan also comes with the experience of teaching Jewish education with Grades Kindergarten through Middle School. He enjoys bringing his passion of videography into the classroom as a learning tool for students to engage with the material in a unique approach. His self-created class, based on students using video cameras to learn about their Temple community was awarded the local Jewish Federation’s Most Innovative Class Award. He is looking forward to creating a classroom environment that values hands on learning and critical thinking.
Jordan grew up in Connecticut and is currently attending Rutgers University. He earned his BA in Political Science in May 2018, and will continue at RU to finish his MA in Social Studies Education in May 2019.