Rabbi Jordan Millstein began serving as the senior rabbi and spiritual leader of Temple Sinai of Bergen County in July 2008.
Previously Rabbi Millstein served for 9 years as the senior rabbi of Temple Emanuel of Worcester, MA. During his tenure at Temple Emanuel, Rabbi Millstein worked closely with lay leadership to reinvigorate this historic congregation and create a warm and dynamic synagogue community. Together they developed a vision and strategic plan to meet financial and demographic challenges, energize worship and engage the congregation in new educational and social justice programming.
From 1993 to 1999, Rabbi Millstein served as assistant and associate rabbi of North Shore Congregation Israel in Glencoe, IL. At this large suburban Chicago congregation, Rabbi Millstein supervised the youth, adult education and social action programs.
Rabbi Millstein served on numerous boards and committees in the Worcester community, including chairman of the Rabbinical Association of Central Massachusetts and secretary of the Northeast Region of the Central Conference of American Rabbis. Rabbi Millstein currently serves on the national board of ARZA, the Association of Reform Zionists of America.
Rabbi Millstein grew up in Queens and Great Neck, NY. His father, Rabbi Ronald Millstein, served for 25 years as the rabbi of Temple Israel, a Reform congregation in Holliswood, Queens. His mother, Joyce, was a teacher and educational administrator for BOCES of Nassau County. He has two sisters: Pam, who lives with her family in Seattle, WA, and Beth, who lives with her family in Nyack, NY. He also has an uncle, aunt and cousins in Bergen County, NJ.
After graduating from Great Neck North High School in 1981, Rabbi Millstein attended Harvard University, where he majored in social studies. At Harvard, he wrote his undergraduate thesis on the causes of homelessness in New York City. He graduated magna cum laude in 1985. For several years he worked as a professional advocate for the homeless and disabled before being admitted to the rabbinic program at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), the seminary of the Reform Movement in Judaism. At HUC-JIR Rabbi Millstein studied closely with Rabbi Norman Cohen and wrote his rabbinic thesis on the Mekhilta D’Rabbi Ishmael, a midrash to the Book of Exodus. He was also privileged to be a fellow of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship Program, a national Jewish leadership development program. Rabbi Millstein was ordained in 1993.
While a student at HUC-JIR, Rabbi Millstein married Rabbi Paula Feldstein, who was also a rabbinical student at that time. They enjoyed working together at North Shore Congregation Israel and Temple Emanuel, where Rabbi Feldstein was the Director of the Early Childhood Center and Hebrew High program. She is currently working on a book for the Union for Reform Judaism, a manual for congregations on how to develop effective “Tot Shabbat” programs (worship programs for young families).
Rabbi Millstein and Rabbi Feldstein live in Demarest with their two daughters; Eve and Sarah.
Cantor Nitza believes Shabbat should be a multi-generational experience filled with music. Reflecting both Ashkenazi and Sephardic traditions, she tries to create a balance of traditional and contemporary settings. She encourages adults and children to explore creative musical modes of worship. Through special musical programs and concerts featuring talented instrumentalists, Cantor Nitza helps enhance our worship at Temple Sinai.
With Cantor Nitza’s input, music is as an important part of our Religious School, our Early Childhood Center and our Adult Education curriculum. Our students learn to chant prayers in Hebrew. Our B’nei Mitzvah students participate in classroom and individual sessions filled with uplifting tunes and joyful spirit.
Her weekly Junior Bat Kol choir gathering and monthly adult singing session provide a forum for all who enjoy performing and learning prayers while gaining an exposure to a wide musical repertoire.
After graduating from Hebrew Union College in New York City and from the Tel Aviv Academy of Music, Cantor Nitza began her professional career here at Temple Sinai. “It continues to be my great privilege to be part of Temple Sinai,” Cantor Nitza says. “In this loving Temple home, devoted members, caring friends and committed colleagues have inspired me to grow spiritually and professionally for the past twenty years. I am deeply grateful for that. Together we have created a wonderful sanctuary of Torah and community.”
Along with her husband Isaac, Cantor Nitza resides in Nyack, NY with her two daughters.
Jeffrey W. Katz, Executive Director
Jeff brings his commitment to the continuity of Judaism and to the continued success of Temple Sinai to his position as its first Executive Director. With extensive experience in major for-profit corporations, his strategic, operational, and marketing skills are a welcome addition to our temple community.
Prior to joining Temple Sinai, Jeff was the Executive Director at Temple B’nai Or in Morristown and he also served as the Executive Director at Temple Beth Or in Washington Township. He held successive leadership positions at Temple Beth Or, including serving as Temple President from 2006 to 2008, during a period of significant growth and evolution.
Jeff is a graduate of Cornell University with a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies and earned his MBA at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Jeff and his wife Joan reside in Woodcliff Lake.
Sara Pomeranc Kaplan, Director of Education
With a deep concern for the children and families at Temple Sinai, Sara works diligently to integrate them into temple life. In addition, Sara has played a role in the continuing evolution of our congregation, and its revitalized Sisterhood, Adult Education and Torah study as well as the expansion of our school to involve high school students through 12th grade and the establishment of our youth group.
Sara is involved in several professional organizations, boards and committees on local and national levels. With her husband, Robert, Sara resides in Closter.
Risa Tannenbaum, Early Childhood Director
With Jewish education always at the center of her professional life, Risa’s first Early Childhood teaching experience was at the Temple Sinai Early Childhood Center (ECC) in 1988. Since then, she has continued her professional development at the JCC on the Palisades with successive responsibilities as a teacher, Program Supervisor and Assistant Director of Early Childhood. Since 1996, Risa has led the Temple Sinai Early Childhood Center as its Director.
Risa holds a Master’s degree from Bank Street College of Education. She is a member of The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and The Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education (CAJE). In addition, she mentors educators to obtain their Child Development Associates degree (CDA). Risa resides in Teaneck with her husband Richard.
Rabbi Harvey Rosenfeld, Adjunct Rabbi
Rabbi Harvey Rosenfeld began his part-time rabbinic service to Temple Sinai in July 2011, when Congregation Beth Am (Teaneck) merged with Temple Sinai. Before serving as the congregational rabbi for Congregation Beth Am in Teaneck, NJ, Rabbi Rosenfeld served the Hillel Foundation in Columbia, MO, Congregation B’nai Abraham in Hagerstown, MD, and Temple Beth El in Hollywood, FL. He has also served as a psychiatric social worker at Bergen Regional Medical Center and at other social work venues in New Jersey. Rabbi Rosenfeld received rabbinic ordination at HUC-JIR in New York City and has a Master’s degree in Social Work from Yeshiva University.
Rabbi Rosenfeld grew up in Cresskill, NJ. He is married to Barbara (neé Hann) and they have two grown children, Daniel and Michael. Barbara is on the faculty in the School of Education at Brooklyn College; Daniel is a “scenic” working on movie/TV sets in NYC, and Michael is a rabbi serving the Surbiton- Kingston Synagogue in London, England.
Jonah Zinn, Rabbinic Intern
Jonah is a fourth year rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in New York and the Rabbinic Intern at Temple Sinai of Bergen County. After completing his undergraduate studies in political science at The George Washington University, Jonah spent five years working with Jewish college students. Jonah first served as a Chapter Consultant and Director of Jewish Programming for Alpha Epsilon Pi, the national Jewish fraternity. He then spent 4 years at University of Virginia Hillel as Director of Jewish Student Life and then Assistant Director. During that time, Jonah received the Richard M. Joel Exemplar of Excellence Award, Hillel's highest professional honor. He is originally from Worcester, Massachusetts.
Led by Carlos Arizaga, the dedicated Temple Sinai building services team works with our clergy, senior staff and leadership to enhance each temple activity. There is a shared commitment to delivering meaningful experiences in a secure and attractive environment. A native of Ecuador, Carlos lives with his family in Bogota.
Among our team members are Cesar Perez who can be seen working with teachers in our Early Childhood Center and religious school as well as helping to maintain the attractive temple grounds. Ynhdira Perez is an exceptionally friendly presence, often helping during evening meetings, at Shabbat onegs and during special celebrations. Her warmth helps to enhance any temple activity.
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Temple Sinai of Bergen CountyOne Engle StreetTenafly, New Jersey 07670 Phone: (201) 568-3035Fax: (201) 568-6095