Clergy

Rabbi Robert Benjamin Rubin

Rabbi Rubin joined Temple Beth Or in August 2011 as its spiritual leader.  He believes that a synagogue is a very special place in which many different activities happen that reflect the diversity of the people and the various classical roles a synagogue can fill as a House of Prayer (Beit T’fillah), House of Study (Beit Midrash) and House of Gathering (Beit K’nesset).  He feels that a congregation should also be a friendly, welcoming place and the anchor of a caring community which reaches out to its members relating to their needs and interests and to the larger Jewish and general community through social action projects. He feels that is important to reach out to, involve and work with persons of all ages in the congregation, from preschoolers and their families to senior adults (and everyone in between).

Rabbi Rubin has recently served congregations in Pennsylvania (Adath Israel, Merion Station and Congregation Beth T’fillah, Philadelphia) and previously in New Jersey (Temple Mekor Chayim, Linden and Congregation Agudath Israel, Caldwell). He has also been a Jewish community healthcare chaplain and a coordinator of kosher supervision. Through his congregational work and chaplaincy service, Rabbi Rubin has been involved in many interfaith activities and dialogue sessions.

Rabbi Rubin was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City and has a MA in Rabbinics from JTS, EdM from Teachers College–Columbia University in New York City and a BA in Chemistry from Washington University in St. Louis.

Rabbi Rubin has served as the Vice President of the Rabbinical Assembly Mid-Atlantic Region and on the Executive Committee of the VAAD: Board of Rabbis of Greater Philadelphia. He is also a past President of the Rabbinical Assembly New Jersey Region and of the Union County (NJ) Board of Rabbis.

Rabbi Rubin was born in Chicago.  While in college, he became involved in Hillel, Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry and Judaic studies courses. While in rabbinical school, he served as a counselor at Camp Ramah, Wisconsin. He has traveled to and studied in Israel at various times, including the leading of congregational trips.

Rabbi Rubin is married to Susan.

Rabbi Rubin may be e-mailed at: RBobRubin@gmail.com.

Rabbi Emeritus

Rabbi Dr. Robert E. Fierstien, spiritual leader of Temple Beth Or from June 1976 to July 2008 is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of New York University and holds an M.A., Rabbinical Ordination, and Doctorate from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. He is a published author, a past president of the Shore Area Board of Rabbis, and was chairman of the Centennial History Committee of Rabbinical Assembly.  Rabbi Fierstien is married to Ruth.

Cantor for the High Holidays

Cantor Barbara Haimowitz

Cantor Barbara Haimowitz is a graduate of the CICA program of the Cantors Assembly. Her background growing up in The Netherlands was filled with music and tradition. At age six, she started playing flute and piano. By the age of 18, she performed in a local Jewish band at weddings and s’machot. She has been in the USA since 1991 and started leyning and davening at Harvard University Hillel’s Egalitarian Conservative Minyan, while getting her PhD in Psychology at Tufts University, in Medford, Massachusetts. Hazzan Haimowitz completed most of her apprenticeship at the Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale and at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale’s Women’s Tefillah. Cantor Haimowitz lives with her husband Ira, and children, Nathan, Eva and Deborah, in New York City.  She also works as a consultant in market research and strategic planning.