Rabbi Jonathan Jaffe
Rabbi Jonathan Jaffe has served as Senior Rabbi for Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester in Chappaqua, New York since 2014. He serves as co-chair of the Chappaqua Interfaith Committee and sits on Hebrew Union College’s President’s Rabbinic Council, AIPAC’s National Rabbinic Council and is a Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute’s Rabbinic Leadership Initiative.
During his tenure, Temple Beth El has experienced growth and an expansion of programming, including trips to Israel, Cuba, Spain, Los Angeles and in collaboration with Antioch Baptist Church, two Civil Rights Journeys to the South. Working in close partnership with clergy, staff and lay leaders, Rabbi Jaffe has supported all facets of synagogue life and takes pride in working one on one with B’nei Mitzvah students, leading daily tefilah and teaching both 8th and 10th graders, as well as leading an annual adult education series. But perhaps the best part of his job is welcoming the synagogue preschoolers each Friday morning, playing Shabbat songs on the banjo.
Before arriving at Temple Beth El, Rabbi Jaffe served as Rabbi and Education Director of Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco, where he sat on the boards of the Jewish Community Federation's Peoplehood Commission, the San Francisco Interfaith Coalition, the Pacific Association of Reform Rabbis and kept a regular column for the J Weekly newspaper.
Rabbi Jonathan Jaffe was born in Honolulu, Hawaii where he was raised amidst the multi-cultural backdrop of Honolulu. He attended Camp Ramah in Ojai, California and later served as Education Director for URJ Camp Newman in Santa Rosa. He received his BA in philosophy from Duke University and studied at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Rabbi Jaffe is thrilled to call Chappaqua and Temple Beth El his home along with his wife, Yael, and their two daughters.
Access Rabbi Jaffe’s sermons and study sheets at http://rabbijaffe.blogspot.com/
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Email Rabbi Jaffe or call 914.238.3928, ext. 1310.
Rabbi Maura H. Linzer
Rabbi Maura Linzer was ordained at the Cincinnati campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in 2012. She received an MA in Hebrew Letters from HUC-JIR in 2011 and an MA in Religious Education from the New York Campus of HUC-JIR in 2013. During her time in rabbinical school, Rabbi Linzer had the pleasure of serving student pulpits from South Dakota to Florida and many places in between and led Passover seders throughout Crimea, Ukraine. She also served as an education intern at the historic Isaac M. WiseTemple in Cincinnati, OH, where she helped to write their Gesher curriculum for family education, grades two-five. She also oversaw the professional development program for teachers, ran their youth activities for grades five and six, and helped to coordinate their youth retreats.
She is very passionate about Israel and Jewish peoplehood. Rabbi Linzer studied abroad at Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 2005 and also earned an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Beer Sheva, Israel in 2010. She also had the honor of serving as an ARZA delegate to the World Zionist Congress. Rabbi Linzer graduated with honors with a BA from WashingtonUniversity in St. Louis with majors in Psychology and Jewish, Islamic, and Near Eastern Studies and a minor in Modern Hebrew.
Rabbi Linzer cares deeply about Jewish education and is very excited about bringing engaging and innovative learning experiences to Temple Beth El Families. She lives in Pleasantville with her husband, Liad, a mechanical engineer, her daughter, Sarah and her son, Ori.
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Cantor Elizabeth Sternlieb, Cantor
Cantor Elizabeth Sternlieb grew up in Westchester county and for the past sixteen years she served as Cantor and then Cantor/Educator at Sinai Free Synagogue in Mount Vernon, NY. She was ordained at The Academy for Jewish Religion (AJR) in 2014 while simultaneously receiving a Master of Arts in Jewish Studies from Gratz College. She has also served congregations in Long Beach, NY and Suffern, NY.
Cantor Sternlieb served as faculty at both URJ’s Eisner and Crane Lake camps for a number of years: coordinating summer Bar/Bat Mitzvah tutoring, drama coordinator and limud staff. She has had the pleasure of appearing as guest conductor for the AJR choir, served as a mentor for cantorial candidates and cantorial soloists, and she served on the board of ARC (The Association for Rabbis and Cantors).
Cantor Sternlieb worked professionally as both a voice over and recording artist. She appeared as a featured soloist with the Westchester Chorale, Metropolitan Klezmer, and has had several leading roles in community and regional musical theater productions. In addition to singing liturgical, classical, pop and broadway, Cantor Sternlieb also enjoys singing jazz and blues. She lives in Nyack New York with her husband Michael, a real-estate and construction lawyer, who also served on the North American board of the URJ for many years. She has two grown sons who live in Brooklyn, and two step-daughters who are married each with two children of their own. They all live in Houlton, Maine (last exit on 95 before crossing into Canada).
Email Cantor Sternlieb or call 914.238.3928, ext. 1316.
Rabbi Norman Cohen, Ph.D., Scholar-In-Residence
Dr. Norman J. Cohen serves as Professor Emeritus of Midrash at the New York campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He served as Provost of HUC-JIR from 1996-2009, Interim President of HUC-JIR from Dec.,1999 - June, 2000 and as Dean of the New York School from 1988-1996. He was ordained by HUC-JIR in 1971 and received his Ph.D. from HUC-JIR in thevfield of Midrash in 1977. He lectures widely on the Modern Interpretation of the Bible.