Clergy & Staff

  • Steven Kushner / Rabbi

    Rabbi Steven Kushner has served as the spiritual leader of Temple Ner Tamid since its inception in 1980. In that time he has been instrumental in developing adult education, interfaith, social action, outreach, family programming, and even a klezmer band as integral elements of the synagogue.Outside of Temple, Rabbi Kushner has established himself...

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  • Meredith Greenberg / Cantor

    Meredith Greenberg has been the Cantor of Temple Ner Tamid since July 2008. She was ordained in May 2009 by the Academy for Jewish Religion.Meredith grew up in Hollywood, Florida and attended her senior year of high school at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. She has a Bachelor of Music in Voice from the Manhattan School of Music. She has...

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  • Stanley Skolnik / Rabbi Emeritus

    I was a junior in high school when I went on a NFTY Pilgrimage to HUC and decided I wanted to become a Rabbi. Norma was on that trip which led to studying jointly at HUC in Cincinnati with and among the luminaries of our movement, and being actively involved in the civil and political movements that changed the world forever. We married at the...

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  • Iris Schwartz / Director of Education

    Iris Schwartz, Director of Education of Ner Tamid's Religious School since 1996, has been involved in the fields of Jewish education and communal work in different capacities since 1975. She served as Religious School Principal at Beth Am Temple, Pearl River, New York from 1991 through 1995. Since 1990 she has won six Creative Teaching Awards from...

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  • Arlene Sherman / Director of Shoresh Pre-School

    Arlene Sherman has over 26 years of experience in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. After obtaining her certification in Elementary Education from the University of Maryland, she was a third grade teacher before she began her career as an early childhood educator. She spent most of her working years at the JCC Metro West in West Orange....

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  • Missy Jacobs / Synagogue Social Worker

    Missy Jacobs, LSW, JFS Synagogue Social Worker, is a Licensed Social Worker who holds a MSW from Yeshiva University Wurzweiler School of Social Work. Missy is a Jewish Family Service of MetroWest (JFS) consultant as well as a Clinical Support Specialist for the ARC of Essex County. Missy began her career in the mental health field working on an...

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  • Ronni Pressman / Cantorial Assistant

    Ronni Pressman returns to Ner Tamid in the position of Cantorial Assistant. Her work here ranges from working with B'nai Mitzvah students and their families to being a part of our Pastoral Care Team, leading a ‘Rosh Chodesh, It’s a Girl Thing’ group and assisting Rabbi and Cantor with prayer worship. Her journey towards Ner...

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  • Karen Frank / Pastoral Nurse

    Karen Frank, RN is a Congregational Nurse and the Director of Project SHIN (Spiritual Healing Integrating Nursing). Her work focuses on the integration of physical, emotional and spiritual health. She serves as the pastoral nurse for many local synagogues, including Temple Ner Tamid, making house calls, hospital visits, and holding office hours....

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  • Anne Laurent / Rabbinic Intern

    Anne Laurent, Temple Ner Tamid’s rabbinical intern, was born and raised in France, where she completed a B.A in Jewish Studies and an M.A. in English. She moved from Paris to the United States after receiving fellowships from Cornell and Harvard, and decided to stay permanently when she discovered the warmth, diversity and vibrancy of Jewish...

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  • Amy and Jeffrey Kagan / Youth Group Advisors

    Amy and Jeffrey Kagan, Youth Group Advisors at Ner Tamid since 2009, have been involved in the Reform movement for most of their respective lives, encompassing youth group, camp, Israel and education.Amy discovered youth group late in her high school career, but spent seven summers at URJ Camp Harlam, serving as Assistant Unit Head in 1999 and...

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  • Ed Alstrom / Accompanist

    Ed Alstrom became the Accompanist/Choir Director at Temple Ner Tamid in July of 2010, playing piano, guitar, and organ at services and special events. Ed has a B.M. from Westminster Choir College. He is also Organist/Choir Director at Church Of The Redeemer in Morristown, NJ, and the Weekend (Sat/Sun) Organist at YANKEE STADIUM. Ed has performed...

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