Clergy

RABBI NOAH FABRICANT

Rabbi Noah Fabricant

“I am proud to be a part of the community at Temple Beth Or. I am proud that our synagogue is welcoming and accessible to all people and all families. I am proud that our Religious School is joyful. I am proud of the transformative learning, meaningful social justice, and uplifting worship that happen here. I am sincerely honored that so many have allowed me to be with them and support them through the ordinary and extraordinary challenges of life.”

Since arriving in 2014, Rabbi Noah Fabricant has been involved in every aspect of life at Temple Beth Or. From early childhoood programs, to our teens, to adult learning and seniors, Rabbi Noah continues to bring excitement and new ideas. He is a dynamic and engaging teacher and preacher, as well as a trusted and caring pastor. He has placed particular emphasis on outreach and accessibility, especially to interfaith families.

Prior to coming to Temple Beth Or, Rabbi Noah was an associate rabbi at Washington Hebrew Congregation in Washington, D.C., one of the largest synagogues in the country. He was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, where he also earned a master’s degree.  During his time in rabbinical school, Rabbi Noah served congregations in La Salle, Illinois and Terre Haute, Indiana.  He also served for two years as the rabbinic intern at Cincinnati’s Rockdale Temple and earned several rabbinical school prizes for academics and preaching.

Originally from West Orange, New Jersey, Rabbi Noah grew up in a Reform congregation, was active in youth group, and attended Jewish summer camp.  He attended Harvard University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Literature and a language citation in Modern Hebrew.  He is a longtime student of Hebrew literature, and he is currently working on a Ph.D. dissertation in Comparative Literature (mostly Hebrew, some Yiddish) at the University of Maryland. As a former camp and youth group songleader, Rabbi Fabricant also enjoys playing guitar and learning new Jewish music.

Rabbi Noah lives in Ridgewood with his wife, Alexandra (Ali) Harwin, and their two daughters, Lorry (3) and Franny (1).

Rabbi Noah can be contacted at rabbifabricant@templebethornj.org.

Rabbi Noah’s High Holy Day Sermons 5778

& Erev Rosh Hashanah – Caregiving

& Rosh Hashanah Morning – The Future of Temple Beth Or

& Kol Nidrei – Comparing Ourselves to Others

& Yom Kippur Morning – Baseless Hate

CANTOR SARAH SILVERBERG

Cantor Sarah Silverberg

Cantor Sarah Silverberg joined the Temple Beth Or community on July 29, 2014.  Cantor Sarah loves serving the community in many capacities.  From singing on the floor with our youngest tots to engaging with adults of all ages, Cantor Sarah brings music, passion, and warmth to the whole community.

Cantor Sarah was ordained in 2013 from the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religious in New York City.  During her five years as a cantorial student, she proudly served congregations as a cantorial intern in South Bend, Indiana and in Garden City, New York. During her time at HUC, she received several awards for her academic performance and for cultivating community relationships.  Cantor Sarah found a passion for pastoral work and spent two summers as chaplaincy intern as well at NYU Langone Medical Center. In the year following cantorial ordination, Cantor Silverberg continued her studies as a chaplaincy resident at the VA Hospital in Manhattan and Queens where she provided spiritual and emotional care to veterans of all faiths throughout the hospital system, particularly focusing on issues of PTSD, substance abuse, intensive care, and palliative care.

Cantor Sarah was born and raised in Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania, just outside of Philadelphia.  She was active in her synagogue’s youth choir and later joined the prestigious choir Hazamir: The International Jewish Teen Choir. She received her bachelor’s degree in Near Eastern & Judaic Studies and Music from Brandeis University in 2008.

Cantor Sarah married her husband Marc in November 2013.  They live in Waldwick with their daughter Maya.

Cantor Silverberg can be contacted at cantorsilverberg@templebethornj.org.

 

RABBI EMERITUS H. PHILIP BERKOWITZ

Rabbi Berkowitz pictureRabbi H. Philip Berkowitz served as spiritual leader of Temple Beth Or, Township of Washington, New Jersey from July 1975 until his retirement in June 2003. At that time he was elected Rabbi Emeritus. Under the spiritual leadership of Rabbi Berkowitz a true sense of family belonging was created for members of Temple Beth Or. He placed a strong emphasis on the role of Rabbi as teacher, pastor, counselor and friend.

A native of Boston MA, Rabbi Berkowitz was active in the Inter-Religious Fellowship for the Homeless of Bergen County. Under Rabbi Berkowitz’ leadership the houses of worship in Washington Township united to overcome municipal opposition, thus allowing Temple Beth Or to become an emergency satellite shelter to house the homeless. Rabbi Berkowitz served the Inter-Religious Fellowship for the Homeless of Bergen County as its president from 1993 to 1996.

A strong dedication of Jewish communal services was enriched by his participation in numerous activities in Bergen County. Rabbi Berkowitz was the liaison for the Bergen County Board of Rabbis for the United Jewish Community of Bergen County during its creation. Rabbi Berkowitz is a member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and National Association of Retired Reform Rabbis.

Rabbi Berkowitz received the highest honors and commendation from the City Commission of Pontiac, Michigan, for his services to the police trial board and the human relations committee during the civil disturbances of the late 1960’s. His efforts were of great significance in maintaining community harmony during those trying days.

Rabbi Berkowitz was ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati, Ohio, in June of 1966. He also holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Boston University and the Hebrew College of Boston.

Upon his retirement Rabbi Berkowitz and his wife Nancy retired in Kennebunk Maine, by the Atlantic Ocean, enjoying his hobby of bicycling and riding his moped.

In the spring of 2004 he became a member of The Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport Maine, the worlds oldest and largest electric railway museum. That spring he also became a licensed motorman and conductor. In 2007 he was appointed Assistant Superintendent of Railway Operations. He volunteered several days a week, meeting and greeting visitors, in addition to operating electric streetcars from all over the world. He has served as a board member and vice chairman of the Seashore Trolley Museum Board of Directors.

He now has retired from Seashore Trolley Museum and enjoys his leisure time at the ocean.

During that time he was a recipient of a Governor’s Service Award from the State of Maine for serving as an inspiration for the greater good of his community. He has also found time to become active in the Kennebunk Maine Clergy Association.

Rabbi Berkowitz can be contacted at RAVHPB@gmail.com