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Rabbi Moshe Rudin
973-539-8549, x110

Moshe Rudin has long been a voice for Jewish renewal, engagement and commitment. With a background as varied and diverse as the American Jewish community itself, Rabbi Rudin has studied in Yeshivot (Rabbinical seminaries) in Jerusalem, lived and worked on Kibbutzim, and served in leadership roles in Jewish education, social action, Israel advocacy, camping and more. Innovative and nurturing, Rabbi Rudin brings passion, inspiration and creativity to spiritual leadership and education. He is inspired most by the personal stories and odysseys of those he has taught and served as spiritual leader. Motivated by a profound love for Torah and Am Yisrael (the Jewish people), Rabbi Rudin has shared his inspiration through teaching, music, storytelling and forging strong connections both personally and professionally across age levels, denominations and faiths.

Originally from New England and the Midwest, and with roots in Conservative Judaism in which he was raised, Rabbi Rudin studied at Boston University before transferring to Haifa University. His rabbinic ordination is from the Academy for Jewish Religion, a rabbinical school whose focus is on preparing rabbis and cantors for service to Klal Yisrael – to Jewish people regardless of their affiliation or involvement.

With a goal of creating a rabbinate of engagement, Rabbi Rudin has sought to make prayer and Torah more accessible to congregants through means as varied as music, drama, literature, art, discussion, meditation, cooking and, of course, classical text study.

Rabbi Rudin places the highest value on building individual relationships and strengthening connections. One of his favorite texts is from Rabbi Akiva’s description of Torah as sharing light from candle to candle: neither are diminished – instead, they are strengthened by each other and more light shines forth. For him, the rabbinate is loving service, being there for congregants in times of need as well as celebration.

Rabbi Rudin also enjoys playing guitar and hiking. But most of all he delights in celebrating life with his wife, Joyce, and children, Yonaton, Shimrit and Sophie – and the family’s shitsu, Matzah.

Cantor Avima Rudavsky Darnov
973-539-8549, x120

Cantor Avima was among the first women to be invested as cantor from The Cantors Institute (now the HL Miller School) of The Jewish Theological Seminary. She also has an MA in Jewish Education from that same seminary. She was imbued with a love of Judaism, Hebrew and Jewish music by her mother who was born in Jerusalem and her father who served as a Conservative rabbi for over 60 years. 

Cantor Avima enjoyed a career in several Conservative congregations in New York and New Jersey. In 2007, she founded and directed The Hebrew Corner, an independent Hebrew school. She takes pleasure in imparting our Jewish musical heritage and synagogue skills to adults and children alike. She has been praised for her warm, patient, enthusiastic and open teaching style. She takes special pride in teaching special needs students. Cantor Avima is thrilled to return to serving as a full-time cantor and being a part of a community. 

Cantor Avima has a creative spirit and is a weaver of custom tallitot. In addition to weaving custom tallitot, her hobbies are yoga (a perennial beginner), mindfulness mediation, and cooking vegan meals. She is married to Rabbi Allen Darnov, a Reform rabbi who has a doctorate in Bible from The Jewish Theological Seminary. They have two grown sons, Adar and Doron  and a dog, Shoko. 

Jack Korbman z''l

Cantor Jack Korbman z''l

Cantor Emeritus

Jack Korbman z”l, our Cantor Emeritus, served as our synagogue’s Cantor for 30 years from 1985-2015. During his tenure, Cantor Korbman touched the lives of so many in our community and developed strong bonds and friendships with our congregants. Over his career, he prepared a thousand B’nai Mitzvah students to lead services with confidence and pride, officiated at numerous wedding and baby namings and provided comfort to families in need. Jack’s humor, warmth, mastery of Chazanut, and above all compassion and commitment are woven into the fabric of our lives and community forever.

Born and raised in Newark, New Jersey, Cantor Korbman was a fifth generation Cantor, and his father was both a Rabbi and a Cantor. As a youngster, Cantor Korbman was the alto soloist for the Mark Silver Choir and sang with the prominent Cantors Berele Chagy, Marice Ganchoff and Samual Vigoda. His mother gave him a firm foundation in piano and always took him to hear and learn from the great Cantors of that era. Cantor Korbman graduated from Upsala College and held a Masters Degree from Seton Hall University. Cantor Korbman passed in 2017 and was mourned by his entire congregational family. His legacy shines on in the synagogue that he loved and served.

Cantor Emeritus Korbman is survived by his wife Barbara and their three sons: Jeffrey, Mark Jiorle and Barry.

Sat, May 25 2024 17 Iyyar 5784