Today is July 22, 2017 -
Rabbi Emeritus Joel E. Soffin served as the spiritual leader of Temple Shalom for twenty-seven years from 1979 to his retirement in June of 2006. Before entering rabbinical school, he pursued a PhD in economics. He was ordained in 1976 at HUC-JIR and served as an Assistant Rabbi at Temple Beth Israel in West Hartford, CT before taking the pulpit in Succasunna.
Rabbi Soffin has a passion for social action and Tikkun Olam projects, combined with a search for spirituality and holiness in life. In addition to serving as a member of the Commission on Social Action of the Reform Movement for 15 years, he had undertaken many projects with the congregation of Temple Shalom including founding Shalom Ethiopia and The Million Quarter Project. Rabbi Soffin was also the creator of the Reform Movement’s Adult Mitzvah Corps which has traveled to locations in Kentucky, New Jersey, Vermont, Tennessee, Louisiana and Jerusalem.
As Rabbi Emeritus, Rabbi Soffin enjoys sharing his creative and challenging teaching style with our members. Rabbi Emeritus Soffin resides in New York City with his wife, Sandy, a computer analyst.
Temple Shalom is blessed to have a talented team of cantors and a songleader who share their musical talents from our bimah and their educational talents with our children.
Our Shabbat Song Leader, Religious School Music Teacher and Junior Choir Director, Chris Mason, is a graduate of the Music Education program at William Paterson University of New Jersey where he majored in classical saxophone and minored in classical voice. He has significant work experience as a songleader in religious schools and in worship settings, as well as experience working with choirs specializing in Jewish Choral Music. Chris has spent summers as a songleader at URJ Crane Lake Camp.