Rabbi Paul Jacobson
201-489-2463 ext. 207
Born and raised in Marlboro, New Jersey, Rabbi Paul Jacobson has served as rabbi of Temple Avodat Shalom since July 2013. A graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, and ordinee of Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati (where he received awards for best sermon, most innovative educational curriculum and highest academic standing), Rabbi Paul's most formative experiences have come through travelling and sharing in relationship with people in different corners of the world, including a life-changing semester abroad in Madrid, Spain.
Rabbi Paul came to TAS after seven highly successful years as assistant and associate rabbi of Emanuel Synagogue in Sydney, Australia. A unique congregation in the world offering multiple prayer services (Reform/Conservative/Renewal), Rabbi Paul built a reputation throughout the Sydney Jewish community for his integrity, genuineness, intellect, compassion, and enthusiasm, as well as his ability to connect with a highly diverse Jewish community in a variety of ways. Rabbi Paul has since established himself in the Bergen County Jewish Community, serving as Treasurer of the North Jersey Board of Rabbis, and leading Temple Avodat Shalom in receiving the 2015 Fain Award for Excellence in Social Action, for a cutting edge program related to Muslim-Jewish Interfaith Dialogue for teenagers.
Paul is married to Lisa, who is known for her warmth, approachability, hospitality, and scrumptious cooking. Both Lisa and Paul believe that Judaism needs to extend past the walls of the synagogue, and to that end, their home is an inviting place of welcoming and openness for communal meals, prayer, study, and friendly relationship. Lisa and Paul are the proud parents of Hannah and Emily. In their spare time, Lisa and Paul are avid gym junkies, enjoy reading and watching movies and playing an occasional game of Scrabble.
They recognize the importance of forging personal relationships with each member of the TAS community, and look forward to many more years of guiding the community from strength to strength.
Cantor Maria Dubinsky
201-489-2463 ext. 209
Cantor Maria Dubinsky was born in Moscow, Former Soviet Union. In 1990, she and her family made an Aliyah to Israel, where she completed her high school education, served in the Israeli Defense Force and earned her bachelor degree in Vocal performance from the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem. After pursuing a career of a classical performer and an opera singer, Maria relocated to the United States in 2006, where she was ordained as a Cantor by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2010. Following her ordination from HUC-JIR, Cantor Dubinsky served in North Shore Synagogue in Syosset, NY and in Temple Shaaray Tefila in New York, NY. She was also a student Cantor at Union Temple of Brooklyn, NY and in Garden City Jewish Center, NY.
Cantor Dubinsky is very excited to join the Temple Avodat Shalom congregational family. In her cantorate, Maria is seeking to share her deep passion for Jewish Music, Judaism, and Torah. She is eager to engage the community in music and prayer, as she greatly enjoys her roles as a teacher, musician, spiritual leader, community builder and friend. Cantor Dubinsky is looking to establish and foster meaningful relationships with community members of different generations and backgrounds. Along with her cantorial and performing career, Maria is searching for creative outlets in different forms of arts, such as jewelry design, book illustrating, and writing. Cantor Dubinsky is married to Arcady Litmanovich and has two daughters – Maya and Noa.
Cantor Emerita Ronit Josephson
Cantor Ronit Josephson was born and grew up in Israel. She came to the United States to study music. After graduating from the Julliard School of Music, she performed leading roles with the Seattle Opera, the Philadelphia Opera and the American Opera Center at Lincoln Center, New York, to name a few. She also appeared as guest soloist with the Houston Symphony and the Utah Symphony, among others.
Cantor Josephson studied at Hebrew Union College and was invested as Cantor in 1993. She served as Cantor at Temple Israel of Northern Westchester from 1992 to 1995. Cantor Josephson came to Temple Avodat Shalom in August of 1995.
Cantor Josephson is married to Howard Josephson and they are the parents of daughter Nicole.
Rabbi Emeritus Neal I. Borowitz
Rabbi Borovitz was elected the Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Avodat Shalom in River Edge in June 2013 after serving the synagogue as rabbi for the previous 25 years. Prior to assuming his position in River Edge in the summer of 1988, Rabbi Borovitz served as Hillel Rabbi and Instructor in Biblical and Religious Studies at the University of Texas in Austin (1975-82), the Executive Director of the Labor Zionist Alliance on the United States, (1982-83) and as the Rabbi of Union Temple in Brooklyn, New York (1983-88).
Rabbi Borovitz, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, received his B.A. from Vanderbilt University in 1970, his M.A. from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religious (HUC-JIR) in 1973 and was ordained at HUC-JIR in June 1975. In March of 2000, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity from HUC-JIR.
Rabbi Borovitz is an active leader in community affairs. He has been a member of the Bergen County Interfaith Brotherhood Sisterhood committee for 25 years. He is a past chair of Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey and has also served on the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey Board. He currently serves as Vice Chair of the National Board of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs.
Rabbi Borovitz is past President of the Bergen County Board of Rabbis and the North Jersey Board of Rabbis as well as the founding chairman of the Jewish Learning Project of Bergen County. Rabbi Borovitz is a frequent contributor to the Jewish Standard and the Bergen Record and a frequent lecturer on Judaism; The Middle East and Interfaith cooperation.
Rabbi Borovitz is married to Ann Appelbaum and they are the proud parents of Abby Friedman and her husband Mike; Jeremy Borovitz and his wife Rebecca Blady; and the very proud grandparents of Spencer Isaac Friedman