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Rabbi Candidate Visit

Rabbi Jeremy Fineberg
January 7-9, 2022

Updated: January 9, 2022

Thank you to everyone who helped organize all the weekend events and to all who participated! All members have received an email asking you and your family members who participated and/or met Rabbi Fineberg (in person or on Zoom) to complete a survey; we hope you will do so!

We are keeping this page open for member reference as we host rabbis in January-February time frame. Here are links to:


 

We are thrilled to announce that Rabbi Jeremy Fineberg, currently Assistant Rabbi at Temple Emanu-El in Closter, New Jersey will join us for services and several other events throughout the weekend of January 7-9, 2022. We hope that all Beth Emeth member families will join us for one or more of the events to meet Rabbi Fineberg, and respond to the followup survey immediately following the weekend to provide us with your input.

Weekend Schedule

As we balance this opportunity with safety in the current COVID-19 situation, most events will be accessible both in person and on Zoom. As communicated in past weeks, in-person participants at Beth Emeth must be fully vaccinated and wear masks at all times (see latest Covid update.) 

Below is a brief schedule for the weekend -- watch your email or check back here for more details about each event and any changes to the schedule.

All services and congregation-wide Zoom events during the weekend will be at our regular Zoom link for services.

Friday, January 7
  • 8:00 PM, Kabbalat Shabbat "Music to Our Ears" Service (in person and Zoom) – Nick May will join us as scheduled, and Rabbi Fineberg will participate and provide a short d'var torah. After services we'll have a special Grab & Go Oneg.
Saturday, January 8
  • 9:00 AM, Shabbat Morning Service (in person and Zoom) – Rabbi Fineberg will officiate, chant a torah portion and deliver the d'var torah. Anyone who would like to have a brief conversation or welcome Rabbi Fineberg may do so in the sanctuary. Grab & go luncheon will be provided.
  • 1:00-2:30 PM, Torah Study with Rabbi Fineberg (in person and on Zoom)
  • 6:00 PM, Havdalah (in person and on Zoom), with special musical program to follow.
Sunday, January 9 
  • 11:30 AM-12:00 PM, Meet & Greet for Religious School Parents – Come early for pickup and take the opportunity to meet Rabbi Fineberg!

About Rabbi Fineberg

Originally from Skokie, IL, Rabbi Fineberg received rabbinic ordination and an MA in Midrash at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 2019 where he received the Hackenburg Prize in Midrash and the Wolfson Award for outstanding scholarship and service. Rabbi Fineberg currently serves as the Assistant Rabbi of Temple Emanu-El in Closter, NJ.  He graduated cum laude from Brandeis University with a BA in International and Global Studies. 

Rabbi Fineberg grew up deeply involved in Conservative Judaism, helping his parents start a synagogue, participating in USY and Nativ, and spending 18 consecutive summers at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin as both camper and staff member. After many summers as a Rosh Edah/Unit Head and Program Director, Rabbi Fineberg worked in the Mercaz Program Creation Lab, training and supporting the next generation of counselors to create unique informal Jewish educational programs and infuse Jewish meaning and values into every activity. 

Rabbi Fineberg completed his chaplaincy at the Exodus Transitional Community, providing societal reintegration support to formerly incarcerated individuals. He has served as the President of the JTS Rabbinical Student Body and the Gabbai for the JTS Synagogue, as the Slifka Rabbinic Fellow at the Hillel at Binghamton University, and the interim Rabbi at Temple Israel of South Merrick. He is proud to have co-founded and coordinated “The Wandering Minyan,” a spirited Shabbat service and potluck for unaffiliated Jewish millennials in New York City that regularly attracted 60-70 individuals. 

Rabbi Fineberg is passionate about Israel engagement and education; in addition to having staffed many teen and young adult Israel trips, he was an AIPAC Leffell Fellow and Encounter Fellow and received Master’s Concentration in Israel Education from the iCenter. A lifelong learner, Rabbi Fineberg is up to date in the Daf Yomi (daily Talmud study) cycle and is currently studying to become a Mesader Gittin, trained to scribe and execute Jewish divorces. He was part of the inaugural cohort of the Shalom Hartman Institute’s Created Equal Educators Fellowship, exploring issues of Gender, Power, and Ethical Leadership.

In his spare time, Rabbi Fineberg enjoys cooking, podcasts, running, and learning to play guitar, none of which he has time for right now since he and his wife Heather welcomed their first child in October. They are excited to find the community where he’ll take his first steps.


If you have any questions, please contact Robyn Feuerberg and the CBE Rabbi Search Committee at rabbisearch@bethemeth.org
 

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