I want to thank you for your story featuring the new rabbis in the area (“Five rabbis, five perspectives,” Aug. 24). As one of the five new rabbis, I am excited to be part of such a vibrant Jewish community, with great potential for growth and collaboration. I would like to clarify, however, that Temple Beth Sholom of Pascack Valley in Park Ridge is not an “aging” congregation. We have a number of families with children still at home who actively participate in our school, our family programs, and services. We are fortunate to have a great cantor, Joel Leibowitz, who has been part of our congregation for over 12 years. Cantor Leibowitz shares the bimah on a part-time basis with the rabbi and is a driving force in our school.
I also want to clarify that I don’t have a Ph.D. from the Jewish Theological Seminary, as can be understood from your article. I earned a M.A. in Jewish studies and completed my doctoral studies in Jewish philosophy, earning a MPhil. in Jewish philosophy.