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Temple Emanu-El Clergy

 

Cantor Emily Simkin 

Cantor Emily Simkin is thrilled to be the Cantor at Temple Emanu-El! Recently ordained from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music, she has served the Jewish community in cantorial, educational, and youth professional roles in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Hawaii. 

Cantor Simkin cares deeply about utilizing music as a vehicle for spirituality and fostering vibrant congregational life. It was through Jewish camping with the Union of Reform Judaism that she recognized the power of music to unite community and developed a passion for Jewish life. Cantor Simkin aims to frame her cantorate around Jewish mindfulness, pastoral care, experiential education, and youth engagement. She particularly enjoys training b’nei mitzvah students, writing creative values-based curriculum, interfaith programing, and engaging with congregants of every age and stage in our community. 

The Cantor loves to spend her free time practicing yoga, gardening, making art, and enjoying good wine. She lives in Staten Island with her husband, Adam, a medical student at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (Harlem). Together they enjoy time outdoors, cooking, and the best that Netflix has to offer.  They are the proud pet parents of two cats, Hilly and Ru, named for Hillary Clinton and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Phone: (732) 549-4442 Ext. 102

Email: cantorsimkin@edisontemple.org

 

 


 

Rabbi Alfred B. Landsberg - Rabbi Emeritus

Rabbi Landsberg

Rabbi Alfred B. Landsberg served as Rabbi at Temple Emanu-El, Edison, N.J. for thirty eight years. In June 2006 Rabbi Landsberg became Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Emanu-El and we thank him for his many wonderful years of commitment and leadership.

Rabbi Alfred B. Landsberg holds several academic and religious degrees (Artium Baccalaureus, Artium Magister, Bachelor of Hebrew Letters, Master of Hebrew Letters, Doctor of Divinity (honoris causa) -- but truly derives a sense of fulfullment from being married for over fifty years to his beloved wife, Ruth -- and from his wonderful children -- Lori, Adam Debra, and Michael, -- and from his eight grandchildren.

Rabbi Landsberg was ordained in 1962, -- served in the United States Army Chaplaincy, -- was Spiritual Leader in Plattsburgh, N.Y.

He has served as President of many organizations, -- and as a Member of the Board of numerous others, --- these Organizations dealing with racism, homosexuality, mental retardation, alcoholism, family life curricula, affimative action, adoption of "hard to place" children, planned parenthood, drug abuse, community relations, abortion counseling, homelessness, hospital institutional review board and ethics committees, pastoral education, ecumenical concerns, and HIV-AIDS ministry.

Rabbi Landsberg has been quoted as saying: "The many affiliations in which I have served may "look good on paper', but are merely tools to attempt, -- in whatever small fashion I can, -- to leave the world a somewhat better place for my having been there.

TIKKUN OLAM, --partnering with whatever God we may worship in order to enhance the world and the lives of those who dwell within it, -- is not simply a slogan to be shouted but, rather, an action to be implemented."

CONTACT INFORMATION

Phone: (732) 549-4442 Ext. 103

Sun, January 16 2022 14 Sh'vat 5782