April 23, 2014   23 Nisan 5774

Temple Beth Torah, Melville, NY

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Rabbi Dr. Marc A. Gellman  

Rabbi Marc Gellman is the senior rabbi of Temple Beth Torah in Melville, New York where he has served since 1981. He was the youngest rabbi ever ordained by Hebrew Union College and the only person to complete the six-year rabbinical program in two years of residence.

Rabbi Gellman earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Northwestern University in 1981 where he also served as the director of the B'nai B'rith Hillel Foundation. While at Northwestern, he also completed doctoral course work in the History and Literature of Religions specializing in Buddhism and Judaism. He is the recipient of many honorary degrees.

Rabbi Gellman has served on the faculties of Antioch College, Northwestern University, and Hebrew Union College, lectured at Princeton and Amherst College, and was invited to lecture on the ethics of assisted reproductive technologies during Grand Rounds of the Harvard Medical School. He has delivered many invited lectures and was an invited participant at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. He has contributed academic papers to the Annual of the American Psychiatric Association, The Journal of the US Commission on Civil Rights, and other academic and opinion journals. He was invited to contribute to the collection of essays on the State of Jewish Belief by Commentary Magazine.

Rabbi Gellman was the Chairman of The Medical Ethics Committee of UJA-Federation, and has served on their board of trustees. He was president of The New York Board of Rabbis during the attack on New York in 2001 and delivered one of the keynote speeches at the Memorial Service in Yankee Stadium on September 23, 2001.

He invented and developed the literary field of modern midrash for children when he served as Contributing Editor of Moment Magazine and he has published two collections of these modern bible stories for children: “Does God Have A Big Toe?” which was selected as one of the outstanding children's books of the year by the New York Times, and other periodicals, and “God's Mailbox.” Rabbi Gellman published, “Always Wear Clean Underwear (and other ways your parents tell you they love you).” and its sequel, “Someday You'll Thank Me For This”.

His book, with Monsignor Hartman, “Where Does God Live?” was awarded The Christopher Award, and they also published, “Lost and Found: a child's guide to overcoming grief and loss,” and “How Do You Spell God?” This is an introduction to world religions for young people with a forward by the Dalai Lama. An HBO animated special for children based on this book was awarded The George Foster Peabody Award. Rabbi Gellman and Msgr. Hartman also published, “Religion for Dummies.”

Rabbi Gellman writes a weekly column, “The Spiritual State,” for Newsweek Magazine, which appears online at Newsweek.com. Rabbi Gellman also writes a nationally syndicated religious advice column that appears locally in Newsday. The readers of Newsday voted Rabbi Gellman and Monsignor Hartman the most outstanding leaders and activists of the last century on Long Island. Their daily television program, “The God Squad,” was broadcast to over 15 million homes. They lectured widely and regularly appeared on many cable news programs.

Rabbi Gellman is also a member of the Golf Writers of America and is on the ranking panel of Golf Digest Magazine. He is the recipient of the Winnie Palmer Award from the Metropolitan Golf Writers of New York.

He is married to Betty Schulson of Chicago, and they have two children, Mara, and Max, and two grandchildren, Zeke and Daisy. They raise guide dogs for the blind.

Rabbi Rachel Wiesenberg  

Rabbi Rachel Wiesenberg oversees our B'nei Mitzvah program, Youth Activities and Jewish Teen Vibe (JTV) - our High School program. She is very excited to be serving Temple Beth Torah for a fourth year.  

Her passion for working with Jewish Youth was nurtured through her experiences as both camper and counselor at Eisner Camp in Massachusetts, as well as through her work with Panim in Washington D.C. and Birthright Israel. 

Prior to coming to Temple Beth Torah, Rabbi Wiesenberg served as the Family Life Programmer of The Shelter Rock Jewish Center in Roslyn and as the Student Rabbi for The North Fork Reform Synagogue in Cutchogue.  
Ordained in 2009 by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City, Rabbi Wiesenberg fed the Hungry of New York and her passion for Tikkun Olam as the Sous Chef and then Executive Cook of the HUC-JIR Soup Kitchen. Along with issues of Hunger and Homelessness, she is also an avid supporter for the restoration of New Orleans, Women of the Wall, and Project Understanding, which she led in February 2013.
Rabbi received her B.A. in Jewish Studies from Hofstra University, where she was active on campus -  serving on the Executive Boards of HU’s Hillel, Jewish-Greek Council and Delta Phi Epsilon International Sorority. 

Raised in Milford, Connecticut, Rabbi Wiesenberg lives in Merrick with her husband, Jonathan, who is a teacher, and their dog, Rally, who is spoiled.


Rabbi Susie Heneson Moskowitz  

Rabbi Susie Heneson Moskowitz is the Associate Rabbi of Temple Beth Torah in Melville. She teaches adult education classes and in the school. Rabbi Moskowitz is on the pulpit and involved in every aspect of Temple life. She is interested in helping you to get involved at Temple Beth Torah.

Since 1996, Rabbi Moskowitz has been Rabbi Educator of the congregation and is credited with growing the religious school to 600 students and establishing Mishpacha University, a learning experience for families.

Prior to coming to Temple Beth Torah, Rabbi Moskowitz was family educator at the Reconstructionist Synagogue of the North Shore, where she implemented one of the first UJA-Federation Continuity grants. She has also served as Assistant Rabbi at Temple Beth El of Great Neck.

A 1986 graduate of Duke University, Rabbi Moskowitz was ordained as a rabbi from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati in1991.

Presently, Rabbi Moskowitz is secretary and on the executive board of the Women’s Rabbinic Network and a member of the Board of Education of the Solomon Schechter Day School of Nassau County. She is also on the board of M’Yad, L’Yad- Helping Hands, and is involved in the Suffolk Association of Jewish Education Services (SAJES) and its Ki Va Moed Israel Project. Rabbi Moskowitz is on the faculty of the URJ Eisner Camp in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. She is also known for having created a Kabbalah Yoga Service that she has presented at conferences around the country.

A native of Baltimore, Maryland Rabbi Moskowitz resides in Huntington, with her husband Rabbi Steven Heneson Moskowitz, rabbi of the Jewish Congregation of Brookville, and their two children, Shira and Ari.
Cantor Sarene Appelbaum  

We are thrilled to welcome Cantor Sarene Appelbaum to Temple Beth Torah.  Prior to joining our pulpit, Cantor Appelbaum has served congregations in Florida, Maryland and South Carolina. 

Cantor Appelbaum's connection to Jewish music began at a very young age with songwriting and solo performances.  Her first award-winning composition, written and performed in 2nd grade for Temple Beth Shalom of Florida, was “Mommy, Mommy, look at me, me and Judah Macabee.”  Her exploration of Jewish music went on a hiatus while she pursued her interest in secular music and completed a degree in music business/vocal performance from William Paterson University in New Jersey. Sarene performed on stage in New York, New Jersey and South Carolina in many genres including classical, musical theater, and solo singer-songwriter.

Cantor Appelbaum was born and raised in Warwick, New York and now lives in Deer Park with her husband Michael and their beloved pets.

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