Rabbi David S. Widzer
Rabbi David S. Widzer is honored to be one of the founding rabbis of Kol Dorot after serving since July 2012 as the spiritual leader of Temple Beth El of Northern Valley, one of Kol Dorot’s legacy congregations. “I am proud of the work we have done in creating a new community for 21st century Reform Judaism in Bergen County. We have maintained the Jewish values that have been hallmarks of our congregation, honoring our past, while embarking on the next phase of Jewish living and learning and going proudly into the future.”
Raised in the suburbs of Cleveland, OH, Rabbi Widzer describes himself as “a pure-bred product of the Reform movement.” While growing up he was very active in his congregation, especially its youth group. Reform Jewish summer camps have also been an important influence on him, as Rabbi Widzer has been a camper, counselor, educator and supervisor, as well as a rabbinic faculty member, at Reform Jewish summer camps in Massachusetts, Indiana, Texas, and New York.
Following ordination in 2000, Rabbi Widzer served as an Assistant and Associate Rabbi at Temple Shalom of Newton, MA, for six years. He was the spiritual leader of Temple Etz Chaim in Franklin, MA, from 2006 to 2012. His focus on youth work and social action in both congregations reflects a long history of involvement with the Reform Jewish youth movement and his passion for tikkun olam.
From 2011-2017, Rabbi Widzer served as a rabbinic representative on Reform Judaism’s Commission on Social Action and chaired the Policy Task Force of the Justice Peace & Civil Liberties Committee of the Central Conference of American Rabbis. While pursuing his rabbinic studies at Hebrew Union
College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City and Jerusalem, he was the rabbinic intern for the Commission on Social Action. He was also the founding director of the Heller Social Action Program, mentoring 15 teens from the URJ Kutz Camp summer session in a year-long series of social action activities.
Rabbi Widzer currently serves on the Resolutions Committee of the CCAR and on its Governance Implementation Task Force. He recently completed a two-year fellowship with the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, focusing on bringing mindfulness and spiritual leadership to his rabbinate and community.
In 2004, Rabbi Widzer was among 19 young rabbis selected to participate in an innovative continuing rabbinic education program focusing on non-profit organizational management and spiritual leadership. At the conclusion of the program he was honored as one of only six recipients who each received a $10,000 follow-up innovation grant for a congregational social action project.
Rabbi Widzer graduated magna cum laude from Brown University where he received an A.B. in Judaic Studies and in Ethics and Political Philosophy. He is married to Karen Loewy, a senior staff attorney with Lambda Legal, and they have two children, Judah and Elisheva.
Rabbi David can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Rabbi Noah Fabricant
“I am proud to be a part of the community at Kol Dorot. I am proud that our synagogue is welcoming and accessible to all people and all families. I am proud that our Religious School is joyful. I am proud of the transformative learning, meaningful social justice, and uplifting worship that happen here. I am sincerely honored that so many have allowed me to be with them and support them through the ordinary and extraordinary challenges of life.”
Since 2014, Rabbi Noah Fabricant has been involved in every aspect of life in the congregation. From early childhood programs, to our teens, to adult learning and seniors, Rabbi Noah continues to bring excitement and new ideas. He is a dynamic and engaging teacher and preacher, as well as a trusted and caring pastor. He has placed particular emphasis on outreach and accessibility, especially to interfaith families.
Prior to coming to the former Temple Beth Or, Rabbi Noah was an associate rabbi at Washington Hebrew Congregation in Washington, D.C., one of the largest synagogues in the country. He was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, where he also earned a master’s degree. During his time in rabbinical school, Rabbi Noah served congregations in La Salle, Illinois and Terre Haute, Indiana. He also served for two years as the rabbinic intern at Cincinnati’s Rockdale Temple and earned several rabbinical school prizes for academics and preaching.
Originally from West Orange, New Jersey, Rabbi Noah grew up in a Reform congregation, was active in youth group, and attended Jewish summer camp. He attended Harvard University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Literature and a language citation in Modern Hebrew. He is a longtime student of Hebrew literature, and he is currently working on a Ph.D. dissertation in Comparative Literature (mostly Hebrew, some Yiddish) at the University of Maryland. As a former camp and youth group songleader, Rabbi Fabricant also enjoys playing guitar and learning new Jewish music.
Rabbi Noah lives in Ridgewood with his wife, Alexandra (Ali) Harwin, and their two daughters, Lorry and Franny.
Rabbi Noah can be contacted at email@example.com.
Cantor Sarah Silverberg
Cantor Sarah Silverberg joined the Temple Beth Or community on July 29, 2014. Cantor Sarah loves serving the community in many capacities. From singing on the floor with our youngest tots to engaging with adults of all ages, Cantor Sarah brings music, passion, and warmth to the whole community.
Cantor Sarah was ordained in 2013 from the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religious in New York City. During her five years as a cantorial student, she proudly served congregations as a cantorial intern in South Bend, Indiana and in Garden City, New York. During her time at HUC, she received several awards for her academic performance and for cultivating community relationships. Cantor Sarah found a passion for pastoral work and spent two summers as chaplaincy intern as well at NYU Langone Medical Center. In the year following cantorial ordination, Cantor Silverberg continued her studies as a chaplaincy resident at the VA Hospital in Manhattan and Queens where she provided spiritual and emotional care to veterans of all faiths throughout the hospital system, particularly focusing on issues of PTSD, substance abuse, intensive care, and palliative care.
Cantor Sarah was born and raised in Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania, just outside of Philadelphia. She was active in her synagogue’s youth choir and later joined the prestigious choir Hazamir: The International Jewish Teen Choir. She
received her bachelor’s degree in Near Eastern & Judaic Studies and Music from Brandeis University in 2008.
Cantor Sarah married her husband Marc in November 2013. They live in Waldwick with their daughters Maya and Emma.
Cantor Silverberg can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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