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Meet our Clergy and Directors

Our clergy members have always been the heart and soul of Rishon, leading us in prayer and guiding us through life events. 

Our Rabbi is Joshua Waxman.

Our Cantor is Olivia Paige Brodsky.

Our Rabbi Emeritus is Dr. Kenneth A. Emert.

We are blessed with a committed group of congregants that comprise our Executive Committee and Board of Trustees. Even more volunteers come together to form the task-specific committees that accomplish all we do. From technology, to marketing, finance, design, social action and everything in-between, we have a talented team of congregants moving us forward.


Joshua Waxman

Rabbi Joshua Waxman is excited to become the spiritual leader at Temple Beth Rishon, a synagogue known for its warmth, connection, and blend of tradition and innovation.

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Olivia Paige Brodsky

Cantor Brodsky is deeply passionate about preserving Jewish culture, tradition, music, and making it evermore applicable to daily life.

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Executive Committee

President Elena Greene

Past President Michael Goldberg

VP Religion David Schwartz

VP Fundraising Jeff Kahn

VP Finance Natalie Heller

VP Preschool Susan Yacavone

VP Religious School Debbie Grauer

VP Membership Stephanie Perl

VP Communications / Marketing Marliyn Gurtman-Oppenheimer

VP Buildings and Grounds Ira Shinske

VP Programming Alyson Cohn

Rabbi Emeritus

Dr. Kenneth A. Emert


Cantor Emeritus

Ilan Mamber z”l

in Memoriam