SUMMIT, NJ — Temple Sinai in Summit, which recently merged with Livingston's Temple Emanu El, announced earlier this week that Rabbi Erin R. Glazer has become the Reform congregation’s rabbi as of July 1, 2020.

Rabbi Glazer comes to Temple Sinai most recently from Congregation B’nai Jeshurun in New York City and previously served as a rabbi of Temple Emanu-El in Westfield, NJ. 

“I am delighted to be a part of the Temple Sinai family and to return to this lovely, family-friendly part of New Jersey,” said Rabbi Glazer.

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“We are thrilled to have Rabbi Glazer join us as our new spiritual leader,” said Ian Singer, current president at Temple Sinai. “Our search process went through two cycles, and an interim transition period, and so we are excited to have Rabbi Glazer now lead us.  Rabbi Glazer’s spirituality and personality align with who we are at Sinai, and we welcome Rabbi Glazer and her family with open arms, hearts, and minds, into our Sinai community.”

With members from nineteen towns in the area, including Livingston, Millburn/Short Hills, New Providence and Chatham, Temple Sinai has been called a “destination Temple” – one that people make the intentional choice to attend, despite the fact that other synagogues may be geographically nearer.  Glazer will become the fourth rabbi in the Temple’s 67-year history.  Rabbi Stuart Gershon, who served the congregation for twenty-five years, is now Rabbi Emeritus, along with Rabbi Emeritus Peter Kasdan, formerly of Temple Emanu-El of West Essex in Livingston, with which Temple Sinai merged in 2017.

“As soon as I walked through Temple Sinai’s doors, I knew that this was a synagogue I would happily call home,” said Rabbi Glazer.  “It is clearly a warm and welcoming place with a powerful sense of community.”

Having moved to this area from Manhattan with her husband and two young children, the Rabbi brings with her a wealth of experience from her prior synagogues – from finding new ways to engage children and their families in Jewish life, to coordinating and teaching adult education sessions on diverse topics including Shabbat liturgy, writing as a spiritual practice and Jewish theology.

In addition to her pulpit positions, Rabbi Glazer spent four years as the Senior Engagement Officer at MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger and has worked for both the National Council of Jewish Women and the Reform Movement’s Religious Action Center in Washington, D.C.  While in Washington, she also taught at the historic Sixth & I synagogue.

Rabbi Glazer graduated from the University of Maryland at College Park and received rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. She participated in the two-year Rabbinic Leadership Program of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality and was a LEAP Fellow, a joint program of CLAL and the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

“In our almost 70 years as a congregation, we have only had three rabbis, so we had high expectations for what we wanted from our next spiritual leader. We also knew, from having had such long term stability in this role, that we needed someone who really fit with us as both our leader, and as part of our community—someone who would be a member of our temple even if they weren’t a rabbi looking for a new role,” said Michael Sherman, co-chair of the Rabbi Search Committee.  “From the moment we met her, we knew Rabbi Glazer was the person who would continue to build on our success as a synagogue, bring new energy and ideas to our congregation, and add to our long-standing tradition of rabbinic excellence at Temple Sinai.”

“Temple Sinai is already a vibrant place to pray, learn, and mark important milestones – it is a community of people who care for each other during celebratory and challenging times alike,” said Rabbi Glazer.  “I am excited to learn more about the Sinai community and to create new ways for us to experience the joy and wisdom of Jewish life together.”

With 450 member families, Temple Sinai has a thriving Early Childhood Center, K-12 Religious School, lifelong Jewish learning programs, and the Holocaust Remembrance Center.  For more information, visit  https://www.templesinainj.org/