About Temple Beth Rishon
Founded in 1975, Temple Beth Rishon is an unaffiliated, liberal egalitarian Jewish congregation located in northern New Jersey. We welcome all who want to participate in a vibrant Jewish community, including those from diverse Jewish backgrounds and interfaith families. We seek to draw from the best ideas from all branches of Judaism. Worship services weave traditional and contemporary approaches to prayer while music enriches our services and enhances our spiritual experience. Our Shabbat prayer books are Siddur Hadash and Etz Hayim. We follow the prayer
book Mahzor Hadash during the High Holidays.
Beth Rishon enjoyed a stable clergy for many years. Services were led by Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Emert and Cantor Ilan Mamber for 22 and 30 years, respectively. In 2016 Rabbi Emert retired and CantorMamber passed away suddenly the following year. Since 2018, our congregation has continued togrow Jewishly under the leadership of Rabbi Beni Wajnberg. For personal reasons he has chosen to leave the United States and thus we are searching for our next Rabbi, who will have an opportunity to lead the congregation in all aspects of prayer, learning and community engagement.
A passion for Jewish learning is evident in our flourishing preschool, religious school, and adult education programs. Our congregation has successfully recruited highly motivated and charismatic preschool and religious school directors. Their energy level is contagious. Innovative social and cultural events are ongoing for our entire congregation. The congregation’s commitment is displayed by the recently completed two story, state of the art education wing that complements our modern and inspiring sanctuary built in 1980 and rededicated in 2002. A high vaulted ceiling and beautiful stained glass windows accentuate our bimah. The seating capacity is 325 during a Shabbat service. During the High Holidays our sanctuary expands to accommodate 1400 people. For the past ten years we have simulcast our High Holiday services to college students, elderly members and those unable to attend due to health reasons. Beth Rishon’s ballroom has hosted numerous lectures, weddings, and fundraisers for our membership as well as various local Jewish communities and agencies.
Beth Rishon now includes 350+ families, with many interesting and accomplished congregants. Bucolic northwest Bergen County offers outstanding academic and recreational venues such as Ramapo College, William Paterson University, state parks and lakes for hiking and boating, as well as skiing. Nationally recognized Hackensack University Medical Center and Valley Hospital are easily accessed for excellent healthcare, all the while being only thirty miles from New York City.
Beth Rishon will provide our new rabbi with an exceptional opportunity to share her/his personality, wisdom and leadership skills with an educated, supportive community that is eager to learn from, celebrate with and grow alongside its new spiritual leader.