BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Temple Sholom is thrilled to announce the hiring of our second spiritual leader, Rabbi Cecelia Beyer.
Rabbi Beyer joined Rabbi Dan Selsberg at Temple Sholom in July.
Before joining Temple Sholom, Rabbi Cece most recently served as the interim cantor at Beth El Congregation in East Windsor. Prior to this, she served as the associate rabbi, education director and director of liturgical arts at Temple Beth Ahm Yisrael in Springfield for six years, having also served as the assistant rabbi of Temple Beth Sholom in Roslyn Heights, New York.
Rabbi Cece was ordained from the Jewish Theological Seminary in May 2010, where she pursued a concentration in sacred music as part of her studies.
While in rabbinical school she served first as the youth service director and then as the cantor at Shomrei Emunah in Montclair, and as both a Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Intern and a Social Justice Rabbinical Intern at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah in New York City.
A Cherry Hill native, she is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the George Washington University Law School. She is a graduate of Young Judaea, has spent significant time living and working in Israel and is a life member of Hadassah.
She attended Camp Tel Yehudah as a teen, and has spent many more summers working at Jewish camps, including Camp Young Judaea Sprout Lake and Camp Ramah in the Berkshires. Most recently, she joined the "founding family" of Camp Zeke, a new Jewish camp dedicated to fitness and culinary arts, and to the connection of mind, body, and soul in Judaism.
Rabbi Cece is also an accomplished singer, actor, and dancer. She is a classically trained vocalist, a musical theater buff, and a competitive Irish step dancer. Rabbi Cece and her husband Gabe have two kitties, Minerva and Albus, and a rescue dog named Sandy. They are all huge Harry Potter fans.
Rabbi Cece says that she is "excited and honored to join such a vibrant, warm, and spiritual community, and to make Temple Sholom her home." She says, "I am passionate about Judaism and Jewish life, and look forward to sharing it with my new Temple Sholom family, through singing, dancing, teaching, learning, laughing, and being together in sacred community. As a rabbi, I see my role as one focused on helping people reach their personal potential while also helping the congregation become its own communal best. I am thrilled to do this work in partnership with Rabbi Selsberg and the whole community!"
“Rabbi Cece has a unique combination of a deep knowledge of Judaism, educational expertise, along with an ability to connect with an amazing range of people This comes with incredible musical skills and sensibility.” said Rabbi Dan Selsberg, who has served at the Bridgewater synagogue for four years.
“In the short time she has been with us, Rabbi Cece has already brought a feeling of joyfulness to our services and to our building. We are looking forward to a great partnership between Rabbi Selsberg and Rabbi Beyer. We hope the community will come by and get to know our new rabbi,” said Jessica Jentis, President.