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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 Beni Wajnberg.

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.


Beni Wajnberg (Vine-berg)

Rabbi Beni Wajnberg (pronounced Vine-berg) became the rabbi and spiritual guide of Rishon’s congregation in 2018. His biggest passions are people and spirituality. His time and energy are dedicated to accompanying congregants through moments of nakhos and tzuros, joy and struggle. 

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Rishon is currently conducting a search for a new cantor.

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Lay Leadership

President Michael Goldberg

Past President Alyson Cohn

VP Religion David Schwartz

VP Fundraising Jeff Kahn

VP Finance Natalie Heller

VP Preschool Susan Yacavone

VP Religious School Debbie Grauer

VP Membership Inna Rozenberg

VP Communications Elena Greene

VP Buildings and Grounds Mark Neiderman

VP Programming and Adult Ed Sharon Glassman

Rabbi Emeritus

Dr. Kenneth A. Emert


Cantor Emeritus

Ilan Mamber z”l

in Memoriam