2016 – 2017 / 5776 – 5777

Officers:
President: Bob Kotzen
Vice President(s): Stacey Blacker, Jeff Desman, Johanna Schoss
Treasurer: Brad Bobrin
Financial Secretary: Michael Silver
Secretary: Arlene Salkin
Parliamentarian: Esther Bliss
Immediate Past President: Ellen Dix
Past President: Ellen Goldberg Weiner

Board of Directors:

Alison Atz Bruce Kimmel
Debra Berman Phil Kirschner
David Caplin Wendy List
Dennis Hassis Elaine Pinchuk
Joe Herrmann Lois Schmeidler
Shari Hyder John Stevens

Rabbi Boaz Marmon

Rabbi Marmon

Rabbi Marmon

Temple Sinai is pleased to introduce Rabbi Boaz Marmon as the new spiritual leader at Temple Sinai, succeeding Rabbi Steven Fineblum, who has moved on to emeritus status after 30 years. Taking over for someone so beloved and well respected is a big challenge, but Rabbi Marmon has certainly shown he is up for the task. Everyone who has met him finds him easy to talk to and knowledgeable on many subjects. He is a wonderful guitar player and singer, adding spirit and ruach to our pre-Shabbat gatherings at Temple Sinai.

Rabbi Marmon brings diverse experiences to his new position as Rabbi of Temple Sinai. Being raised Conservative, he graduated from High School and served in the US Army from 1992 – 97 as an Iraqi Interpreter in Military Intelligence. After College, he attended Old Dominion University in Virginia, majoring in computer engineering and was Vice President for ritual affairs at the campus Hillel. Upon graduating, he followed his parents to Glen Falls, where his father was Rabbi at Shaaray Tefila. Marmon spent hours volunteering at the synagogue as well as serving as director of the Religious School and part-time Cantor at a congregation in Vermont. Pursuing his seminary education was his next venture and at the same time he was hired as a part-time student Rabbi stepping into his father’s shoes as his father readied to retire. After being ordained in May from the Academy for Jewish Religion in Yonkers, NY, Rabbi Marmon came to Temple Sinai with a host of experience and high hopes for Temple Sinai.

Rabbi Steven N. Fineblum, Rabbi Emeritus

Rabbi Fineblum

Rabbi Steven Fineblum, Rabbi Emertius

Rabbi Steven, Barbara and their three children, Josh, Rachel and Seth, came to the community in 1985. 30 years later, Josh is married to Andrea and they have Jonah; Rachel and Brian’s sons are Daniel and Jacob; and Seth is with Colleen.

“Judaism has been an awesome experience for me. Here, at Temple Sinai we have shared breathtaking moments of caring, sharing, study, dreaming and worship. Temple Sinai is the place to begin and continue one’s search to become the best Jew we each can become in a supportive, user friendly, contemporary and, most importantly, Heymish environment.”

Steven Fineblum graduated from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 1976. Presently, Rabbi Fineblum is an active member of the Tri-county Board of Rabbis of Southern NJ, where he has held the offices of President, Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer. After being on the Board and Membership Committee, he has been Vice President and most recently served on the Executive Committee of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association as Treasurer. He holds memberships in the Philadelphia Board of Rabbis and the New York Board of Rabbis as well.

Rabbi Fineblum earned his Master’s Degree in Education from Temple University in 1975 and holds a Certificate in Chaplaincy from Gratz College under the auspices of the Board of Rabbis of Greater Philadelphia, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and Einstein Hospital. In June 2001, he received an honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. Rabbi Fineblum can be contacted at the Synagogue at 856-829-0658 or by e-mail at rabbifineblum@verizon.net.

“I cannot believe that we have been here for three decades. Where has the time gone! I have cherished our family’s associate with Temple Sinai and will be very sad to step down as its Rabbinic presence. This is a wonderful community. Barbara and I look forward to all of the possibilities of retirement beginning July 2015.”

Cantor Liat Pelman-Forst

Cantor Liat Pelman-Forst came to Temple Sinai in 2006 as our cantor for the High Holidays. “It was love at first sight,” said Cantor Liat. “I felt the congregation’s wonderful energy, warmth and inspiration. Working together with Rabbi Fineblum was a blessing and an honor. Seeing so many children of different ages was most rewarding and promising”.

Cantor Liat was born in Moldova, part of the former Soviet Union. As a teenager, together with her family, she made Aliyah to Israel. Thirteen years later she came to New York City.

Cantor Liat

Cantor Liat

Prior to Aliyah to Israel, Liat attended the State College for Music Teachers in Moldova for four years, majoring in piano and voice. She received her Bachelors Degree in music education from Midrasha L’Morey Musika in Tel-Aviv, Israel. In 2006 Liat was ordained a Cantor by the Academy for Jewish Religion in Riverdale, NY.

Liat’s professional experience included teaching music and performing as a lead vocal artist of an internationally known musical ensemble. In the Jewish community Cantor Pelman-Forst worked as a Cantor, Choir Director and Hebrew School teacher. All of the varied experiences and cultures of her life’s journey have contributed to Liat’s development as a person and a Cantor.

During Liat’s cantorial ordination her presenter, Dr. Ora Horn Prouser, Executive Vice President of the Academy for Jewish Religion, said: “When Liat leads congregation in prayer, there is a palpable sense of awe, as she states her case before G-d. Her delight and pleasure are in clear evidence when she leads people in joyful prayers of hope and thanks. The beauty of Liat’s davenning is not just in her strong and engaging voice, but also in her ability to project the meaning of the liturgy through her entire being. The experience is extraordinary and fulfilling.”

Ellen Dix

President(s) – Ellen Dix

Ellen Dix and her husband Phil have been members of Temple Sinai for 34 years. They live in Delran and have two children, Josh and Sharon, who attended the Temple Sinai Nursery School and Religious School some years ago. They also have four grandchildren.

Ellen first got involved at Temple Sinai through the Temple Sinai Sisterhood in the late 1970s and eventually became Sisterhood President. In 1983 she became Director of Temple Sinai Nursery School after which she began teaching in the Temple Sinai Religious School. During her tenure as a teacher, Ellen taught every class from Gan to High School. In 2009 she joined the Temple Board of Directors, served as Vice-President and is currently enjoying working with the newly elected Temple Sinai Board. Ellen may be reached at ellendix@aol.com or 856-764-1716.

Rose Rose – Operations Administrator

Rose Rose

Since joining Temple Sinai in Cinnaminson, NJ in 1995, Rose has been an active member of this small but vibrant congregation. She has previously served as Sisterhood President, Board Member, Vice-President, and President of the congregation. In 2008, she assumed the new position of Operations Administrator, which involves coordinating many of the temple functions, including membership, maintenance, communication, volunteer support, fundraising and other day-to-day activities. Rose can be reached at rose9483@verizon.net or 856-858-6953.

Rose is a native of St. Louis, MO and since 1989 has lived in Westmont, NJ. She has been married for 30 years and has two grown children. Her family shares her love and enthusiasm for Jewish life.

Marcia Blacker – School Administrator

Marcia Blacker has been administrator of the Religious School since the summer of 2003. Marcia and her husband, Alan, live in Cinnaminson and have been longtime congregational members. Her Synagogue past accomplishments including serving as Sisterhood President, Synagogue President and one of the people who founded the Temple Sinai Nursery School. She can be reached at 856 829-1940.

Amy Engle

Amy Engle – Office Secretary

Amy is the person who keeps the Synagogue office organized. She is your key contact when calling the office and will help you find the information you need or the proper contact. Amy, her husband Bruce, and their two sons Douglas and Justin live in Cinnaminson and have been members of the Temple since 1997. Amy can be reached on 856 829-0658 or templesinainj@verizon.net.