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Young Israel of Fort Lee to Install Rabbi Zev and Dr. Michal Goldberg

On Thursday evening, June 18th, the members of Young Israel of Fort Lee will officially install Rabbi Zev and Dr. Michal Goldberg as their new rabbi and rebbetzin. Although the Goldbergs only began their tenure this past October, the congregation has already developed a deep admiration for this special couple. Rabbi Goldberg recently reflected on what an honor it is to serve the congregation after the distinguished service of Rabbi Winkler. “Rabbi Winkler served this congregation with distinction and pride for over three decades, and I have the great merit of building upon the strong foundation and wonderful achievements for which he was responsible.”

From the outset, Rabbi Goldberg has been determined to continue transforming YIFL into a thriving community center. Beyond the weekly classes, there is always something new on the schedule. Rabbi Goldberg is proud of his congregation, “It’s gratifying to see the community responding so enthusiastically to our programming. Just this week, nearly 100 people attended Rabbi JJ Schacter’s lecture, ‘Modern Theology in a Biblical Land,’ the first in a series of summer learning events.”

According to Martin Epstein, synagogue president, “The Rabbi and Rebbetzin have significantly enhanced our community, from new and inspiring classes to engaging and meaningful programming, they have truly invigorated our Kehila.” Similarly, Jed Katz, Dinner Chairman, remarked that this year his job was particularly easy. “Everyone I have spoken to has been more than happy to participate in the celebration. We are all thrilled with Rabbi and Rebbetzin Goldberg. All you need to do is see their smiles to appreciate their personalities and vitality.”

While speaking with Rabbi Goldberg about the past eight months he noted that he and his wife were immediately struck by the warmth of the synagogue membership. “We were overwhelmed with warmth. Everyone has been incredibly welcoming. Walking through the doors on Shabbat morning you really feel like you are sitting down with your family.” In particular, Rabbi Goldberg is proud of the fact that the congregation has not only attracted Orthodox members but, in recent months, many non-Orthodox have joined the membership. “I am very proud that Jews of all types call YIFL their home.” Martin Epstein added that one of the benefits of joining a smaller synagogue is that everyone is invited to help and play a role in community life. “We have created an environment where everyone is a partner and a cherished addition to the community.”

On June 18th the community will gather at the Fort Lee Double Tree hotel to officially install the Goldbergs. Rabbi Elazar Muskin, rabbi at Young Israel of Century City in Los Angeles, will deliver the main installation address. Rabbi Goldberg worked with Rabbi Muskin for four years before returning back to his NJ roots. The evening promises to be one that will be remembered for many years to come. For more information regarding the dinner celebration, contact the Young Israel of Fort Lee office at 201.592.1518 or email [email protected].

By Audrey Cole

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