Today is May 26, 2017 -
Welcome to Temple Shalom!
At Temple Shalom, we are always striving to be an extended Jewish family defined by heartfelt connections. In every way we can, we seek to be present for one another, cheering each other’s successes and providing support in challenging times.
Building and strengthening these connections is at the heart of all that we do: the spiritual gifts of our communal worship, the inspiration offered by our Religious School and Life-Long Learning programs and the bonds of friendship nurtured within our Youth Groups, Brotherhood, Women’s Connection, Renaissance Group, and L’Chaim Club. We reach out to each other in times of joy and sorrow through our Caring Committee. And we reach out to our surrounding community through our Mitzvah Mall, our Making A Difference Day and volunteer opportunities with Habitats for Humanity, Family Promise and the Morristown Soup Kitchen.
At Temple Shalom, there are so many ways for you to share your heart with others and allow them to share theirs with you. I invite you to experience the warm extended Jewish family that is Temple Shalom and find your place in our midst. Let’s sit down and discuss what you’re looking for in a Jewish community and what Temple Shalom can offer you. Please feel free to set a time aside for us by using the on-line scheduling link at http://www.meetme.so/rabbilevy or by calling me at 973-584-5666.
I look forward to personally welcoming you and connecting our heart to yours.
Rabbi David C. Levy
Rabbi David C. Levy, a graduate of Brandeis University, holds degrees in Psychology and Elementary Education, and is a certified preschool and elementary educator. He received an M.A. in Hebrew Letters, his Rabbinic Ordination and Doctor of Divinity from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He was also granted the title of R.J.E. (Reform Jewish Educator) by a joint commission of the Reform movement.
Through his engagement in continuing education, Rabbi Levy has earned certificates in Fundraising for Small Non-Profits, Spiritual Counseling for Chemical Dependency and Prepare/Enrich Marital Counseling and has done post-graduate training in Family Systems Theory. Additionally, Rabbi Levy received an Honorable Discharge with the rank of Lieutenant from the United States Naval Reserve Chaplain’s Corps.
Rabbi Levy is a member of the Institutional Review Board of the Institute for Family Health, a Sinai & Synapses Fellow studying the nexus between science and religion and a member of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality’s Clergy Cohort.
His deep commitment to social justice inspired his efforts as a founding board member of Missourians for Freedom and Justice (a statewide civil rights organization), the founding Co-Chair of the Hartford Jewish Coalition for Literacy, and the Chair of the National Jewish Coalition for Literacy. He also served on the national board of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice and was a founding board member of their Connecticut affiliate.
Rabbi Levy’s community involvement has included serving as the Chair of the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Greater Hartford Jewish Federation, Vice President of the St. Louis Jewish Community Relations Council and clergy representative on the Glastonbury Youth and Family Services Commission.
He was also an Adjunct Professor of History at the University of Missouri/St. Louis and his outside pastoral activities included serving as the Jewish Chaplain for the Federal Penitentiary at Marion, IL.
Prior to coming to Temple Shalom in July 2006, Rabbi Levy served as Rabbi of Congregation Kol Haverim, Glastonbury, CT, Rabbi of Congregation B’nai El, St. Louis, MO, and Associate Rabbi of Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, Short Hills, NJ.
Rabbi Levy was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. His wife Julie is a native of Detroit, MI. They have two children, Joshua and Sarah.
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.
Cantor Elizabeth Goldmann, received her Master’s degree and cantorial ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1991. She has served a number of area congregations, including thirteen years at Temple Beth Torah in Upper Nyack, NY. Cantor Goldmann has shepherded over 600 students through the process of becoming Bat/Bat Mitzvah, founded the Regional Rockland/Bergen Junior Choir Festival and served on the faculty of URJ’s Crane Lake Camp with Rabbi Levy.
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.
Cantor Rebecca Zwiebel tutors our B’nai Mitzvah students. She received a Masters of Sacred Music and Ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary. As her career progressed, she realized that education was an essential component of Judaism and pursued a Masters of Arts in Jewish Education from the Davidson School of Education at JTS.