Rabbi Brian Beal

Rabbi Beal

Rabbi Brian Beal will serve as our Interim Rabbi through June 30, 2018.  He brings abounding energy, conviction, and a love of Jewish living to our community.  By listening to others, remaining open to new ideas, and approaching life with passion and a positive message, he is able to bring people together in a way that benefits congregants and the community alike.

Youth, social justice and community service programming, as well as building a strong relationship with the interfaith community, remain at the core of Rabbi Beal's rabbinate.  His concern for each individual, personal warmth, love of children, deep faith, and desire to make a difference in the world are personal characteristics that will benefit Temple Beth-El and its members. 

After a seven-year career as a professional fundraiser, Rabbi Beal returned to Hebrew Union College, where he was ordained in 1998.  At Temple Shaari Emeth in Manalapan, NJ, he was particularly focused on engaging young families.  He then served Temple Beth Torah in Nyack, NY--now called the Reform Temple of Rockland--for thirteen years, where he was involved in developing award-winning social justice experiences, developing a comprehensive policy on the role of the non-Jew in the synagogue, and providing vehicles of outreach and welcome to people with disabilities.  Classroom teaching for children and adults was one of his greatest joys, along with the privilege to be with people in times of need and moments of celebration.  He often spent quality time in the Religious School interacting with younger children through guest teaching, storytelling, and school-wide assemblies.

Above all, Rabbi Beal is a dedicated and loving husband and father.  Naomi Adler, his wife, is President and CEO of Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.  Their three sons, Joshua (a high school senior) and Ari and Benjamin (high school freshmen) are their greatest blessings and joys of their lives.  

Rabbi Beal is dedicated to ensuring that Temple Beth-El's year of transition will not only meet our basic ritual, pastoral, educational and community service needs, but that our sacred community will continue to thrive and soar as we prepare to select the new permanent rabbi who will serve us for years to come 

 

Student Cantor Jennifer Benrey

Shalom, everyone! My name is Jennifer Benrey and I am thrilled to be joining the Temple Beth-El community in my new home of Jersey City! I am very excited for the opportunity to serve as Student Cantor for the coming year and can't wait to get to know you all. Here are 10 things to know about me:
1. I was born and raised in Miami Beach, FL. No, I am not prepared for a real winter.
2. I'm fluent
in Spanish and speak it at home.
3. I'm half-Sephardic and half-Ashkenazi and was raised with Turkish-Sephardic holiday traditions.

Cantor Jen 2016
4. My background is in music and teaching. I have a Bachelors of Music Education degree from Florida State University and have since taught in both public and private institutions in music, Judaism, and also math!
5. I love choir! Music and singing are so spiritually fulfilling. I had the opportunity to conduct high school and middle school choirs as well as two Jewish adult choirs and loved every minute of it! I can't wait to sing together and work with the youth choir.

6. The warmth of Temple Beth-El and its richness of Jewish experience drew me to the congregation.
7. I'm your new neighbor! I live here in Jersey City and am enjoying all of the Indian food around the corner.
8. I love dogs and baby animals.
9. I love to dance and used to silversmith jewelry.
10. I am entering my third year in the cantorial program at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion!