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Clergy

Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, D.D., Senior Rabbi
Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum serves as spiritual leader of Congregation Beit Simchat Torah. She was installed as CBST’s first rabbi in 1992 ... Read More
rabbi@cbst.org  x825

Rabbi Yael Rapport, Associate Rabbi
Rabbi Yael Rapport, was ordained by HUC-JIR in 2015.  Prior to her work at CBST, she served as a Chaplain Resident in the Mount Sinai Health System ... Read More
rabbirapport@cbst.org  x826

Rabbi Marisa Elana James, Director of Social Justice Programming
Rabbi Marisa Elana James is a graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College ... Read More
rabbijames@cbst.org x822

Joyce Rosenzweig, Music Director
Pianist/conductor Joyce Rosenzweig performs frequently in concerts throughout the United ‎States, Canada, Europe, and Israel ... Read More
jrosenzweig@cbst.org   x823

Rabbi Mike Moskowitz, Scholar-in-Residence for Trans and Queer Jewish Studies
Rabbi Mike Moskowitz is a deeply traditional and radically progressive advocate for trans rights and a vocal ally for LGBT inclusivity ... Read More
rabbimoskowitz@cbst.org

Rabbi Ayelet S. Cohen, Writer/ Consultant
Rabbi Ayelet Cohen is the Senior Director at the New Israel Fund, NY/Tri-State Region ... Read More

Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Interns:  Every year CBST selects one or two rabbinical students as Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical ‎Interns from a large pool of highly qualified candidates.‎  Read More About the Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Internship. This year, we are delighted to additionally welcome a Cooperberg-Rittmaster Pastoral and Education Intern, and a Cantorial Intern. 
 

Deborah Megdal, Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Fellow
For the past two years, Deborah Megdal has brought her deep soul to our community as our rabbinical intern, having been a beloved member of our congregation since 2013. We extend warm congratulations and proudly announce that Deborah returns in a newly minted position as Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Fellow (CRRF) for 2020-21 
... Read more
dmegdal@cbst.org x 828

Sam Rosen, Cantorial Intern 
Sam Rosen is a native of Sugar Land, Texas. In 2012, he completed Bachelor’s degrees in Music (Ethnomusicology) and ... Read more
srosen@cbst.org x 824

Dave Yedid, Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Intern
Dave Yedid (he/him) is thrilled to be in his first year as a Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Intern. Dave is a fourth-year student at The Jewish Theological Seminary, where he is a Wexner Graduate Fellow/Davidson Scholar. ... Read More
dyedid@cbst.org​