Rabbi Vaisberg was ordained from Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion's New York Campus in May 2012, where he was honoured to be a Mandel Fellow and earned alongside his Masters in Hebrew Letters (MAHL) a Masters in Religious Education (MARE). During his tenure, Rabbi Vaisberg served at Temple Shaaray Tefila of NYC, Congregation Har Tikvah of Brampton Ontario, Congregation Beth Elohim in Brooklyn, B'nai Jeshurun of NYC, and Temple Israel of New Rochelle. As part of his education, Rabbi Vaisberg had several opportunities to travel the world— he led Seders during Passover in Ukraine, and he volunteered in a small village in Senegal while studying economic justice with other rabbinical students from all branches of Judaism.
Rabbi Vaisberg's academic interests include Jewish law and rituals, Jewish and Israeli culture and music, Midrash and story-telling, and Talmud. His written work includes the following:
Thank You My Teacher, Thank You My Friend: For Rabbi Lawrence A. Englander, a Festschrift of Insights and Writings (2014).
A Study of Sefer YeZirah and Its Commentators (2012).
Keep It Together, Keep It Real: A curriculum of Holistic Healthy Living for Teenage Jews (2010).
Teaching the Subject of Death to Adolescents in Reform Jewish Supplementary Schools: Proposal for a New Curriculum (2006).
Rabbi Vaisberg currently serves as President of the Metuchen Edison Area Interfaith Clergy Association, and Vice President of the Rabbinical Association of Middlesex County.
Along with his wife, Miriam Palmer-Sherman, his daughter, Nava Shira, his son, Judah Daniel, and his dog and three cats, Rabbi Vaisberg lives locally in Metuchen. Outside of Temple Emanu-El, you may find Rabbi Vaisberg running, at a yoga class, cooking an elaborate meal, playing guitar, or curling up with a good book.
Check out Rabbi Vaisberg's blog at davidvaisberg.com.
Phone: (732) 549-4442 Ext. 101
Cantor Aviva Marer grew up in Ottawa, Ontario. Born in to a family of Bene Israel Jews from India, she grew up with a strong cultural sense of Indian Judaism. Bene Israel Jews can be traced back to the early 15th century, and Cantor Marer’s grandfather built the first synagogue in New Delhi, which still stands to this day. She enjoys teaching about her heritage, and she was honored to be featured in the Smithsonian Nation Musem's exhibit Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation in 2014.
Cantor Marer completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Classical Voice in 2005, and a Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting in 2007. She has had the distinct honor of conducting internationally renowned ensembles all over the world. In May of 2013, Cantor Marer was ordained from the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion. During her time at HUC-JIR, she was awarded the Women of Reform Judaism Prize twice. She was also selected to conduct multiple choral ensembles, and most notably debuted a world premiere of Heinrich Shalit’s unpublished choral work, Song of the Sun. She has had the pleasure of working for Congregation Rodeph Sholom of Manhattan, Temple Israel of Staten Island, Riverdale Temple of the Bronx, and Temple Emanuel of Roanoke, Virginia.
A renowned singer with impressive vocal ability, Cantor Aviva Marer has performed twelve shows to date at Carnegie Hall with the prestigious choral group Essential Voices USA. This group was also featured in the 2017 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which Cantor Marer was thrilled to be a part of.
Cantor Marer is a regular contributor to ReformJudaism.org, the blog for the Union for Reform Judaism. You can read her articles here:
She is also an active member of the Metuchen Edison Area Interfaith Clergy Association (MEAICA), and takes pride in the social justice work she has been able to do with her fellow clergy people.
Cantor Marer and her husband James live in Metuchen with the love of their lives, their son Benjamin Jacob. Together they enjoy traveling, cooking and spending time with family.
Phone: (732) 549-4442 Ext. 102
Rabbi Alfred B. Landsberg holds several academic and religious degrees (Artium Baccalaureus, Artium Magister, Bachelor of Hebrew Letters, Master of Hebrew Letters, Doctor of Divinity (honoris causa) -- but truly derives a sense of fulfullment from being married for over fifty years to his beloved wife, Ruth -- and from his wonderful children -- Lori, Adam Debra, and Michael, -- and from his eight grandchildren.
Rabbi Landsberg was ordained in 1962, -- served in the United States Army Chaplaincy, -- was Spiritual Leader in Plattsburgh, N.Y.
He has served as President of many organizations, -- and as a Member of the Board of numerous others, --- these Organizations dealing with racism, homosexuality, mental retardation, alcoholism, family life curricula, affimative action, adoption of "hard to place" children, planned parenthood, drug abuse, community relations, abortion counseling, homelessness, hospital institutional review board and ethics committees, pastoral education, ecumenical concerns, and HIV-AIDS ministry.
Rabbi Landsberg has been quoted as saying: "The many affiliations in which I have served may "look good on paper', but are merely tools to attempt, -- in whatever small fashion I can, -- to leave the world a somewhat better place for my having been there.
TIKKUN OLAM, --partnering with whatever God we may worship in order to enhance the world and the lives of those who dwell within it, -- is not simply a slogan to be shouted but, rather, an action to be implemented."
Phone: (732) 549-4442 Ext. 103