Clergy

Rabbi Jonathan Jaffe

Rabbi Jaffe

Rabbi Jonathan Jaffe serves as Senior Rabbi for Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester in Chappaqua, New York. He also serves as co-chair of the Chappaqua Interfaith Committee and sits on Hebrew Union College’s President’s Rabbinic Council. Rabbi Jaffe earlier served as Rabbi and Education Director of Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco from 2007-2014, 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 wrote a regular column for the J Weekly newspaper.  Rabbi Jaffe is a graduate of the Hartman Institute's Rabbinic Leadership Initiative.

Rabbi Jonathan Jaffe was born in Hawaii where he was raised amid the multi-cultural backdrop of Honolulu. He received his BA in philosophy from Duke University and studied at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Before his ordination from Hebrew Union College, he served as the Education Director for URJ Camp Newman in Santa Rosa. Rabbi Jaffe is thrilled to call Chappaqua and Temple Beth El his home along with his wife, Yael, and their two daughters.

Listen to Rabbi Jaffe’s recent sermons and teachings at https://soundcloud.com/rabbijonathanjaffe
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. 

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Rabbi Maura H. Linzer

Rabbi 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.

Email Rabbi Linzer or call the Religious School at 914.238.5641 or the temple at 914.238.3928, ext. 1121. 

Watch the Installation Service of Rabbi Linzer

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Cantor Elizabeth Goldmann, Interim Cantor

Rabbi Linzer

Cantor Elizabeth Goldmann was born and raised in Closter, NJ, where she was a proud member of the original Temple Beth El Junior choir.  After attending Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration,  she went on to Hebrew Union College where she was ordained as a cantor and earned her master’s of sacred music in 1991.  From 1991 to 2004, she served as cantor at Temple Beth Torah in Upper Nyack, New York where she founded the Regional Rockland/Bergen Junior Choir Festival, served on the faculty of the URJ’s Crane Lake Camp and created a Shabbat Torah study and minyan which has met weekly for over 25 years.  Cantor Goldmann volunteers at the MacBain Farm in Closter, NJ, Meels-on Wheels,  and the Joe Rasso Hospice Residence in New City, NY.  She lives in Nanuet, NY with her husband, Michael, a local veterinarian, her daughter, Shira, her son Noah, two sweet cats and six charming chickens.

Email Cantor Goldmann or call 914.238.3928, ext. 1316. 

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Cantor Richard Cohn, High Holy Day Interim Cantor

Rabbi Linzer

Cantor Richard Cohn became Director of the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music of HUC-JIR in July of 2015, following thirty-four years of service to Reform communities.  He was Cantor of Temple Emanu-El in Dallas from 2006-2015, where he helped integrate traditional and contemporary aspects of congregational life.  For nineteen years he was Cantor of North Shore Congregation Israel in Glencoe, Illinois, and he previously served Oak Park Temple–B’nai Abraham Zion, also in suburban Chicago.  In 2016 Cantor Cohn was Visiting Cantor for the High Holy Day season at Congregation Emanu El of Houston.  He has been vibrantly involved in worship transformation, and he has had an innovative impact on Jewish choral music as a conductor, arranger and composer.

Cantor Cohn has often been featured as the soloist in Ernest Bloch’s Avodath Hakodesh (“Sacred Service”), including performances in Israel with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, at Chicago’s Grant Park Concerts and at the Berkshire Choral Festival.  He has been a frequent principal conductor at the North American Jewish Choral Festival, and he has conducted HaZamir: The International Jewish High School Choir, in concert at Lincoln Center.

From 2001 to 2007, Cantor Cohn was president of the American Conference of Cantors (ACC), the professional organization of the Reform cantorate.  He has appeared as soloist and conductor in Jewish music programming throughout the United States and abroad, including the concert to celebrate the opening of the cantorial school of the Abraham Geiger College in Berlin, and a special concert presented by the ACC in Rome under the auspices of the Vatican.

Cantor Cohn is involved in the work of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality (IJS), which seeks to cultivate practices of contemplative Judaism as portals to spiritual growth.  He was a member of the IJS Prayer Project Working Group, and he has taken particular interest in the integration of spiritual practice with areas of prayer, music and education.

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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.