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Service Schedule

May 4th May 10th

Monday Wednesday Evenings
Wednesday, Thursday Mornings
Sunday Morning
Friday, May 8th
Kabbalat Shabbat Services
Candle Lighting
Saturday, May 9th  
Shabbat Services - Celebration of Jewish Learning

Upcoming Events
5/5 From the Rabbi's Study
5/7 Lunch and Learn
5/7 Lag B'Omer Picnic
5/8 Adopt-A-Shabbat
5/9 Monthly Mishpachah
5/9 Celebration of Jewish Learning
5/10 Omer Challenge - Tikkun Olam Soup Kitchen
5/12 From the Rabbi's Study
5/16 Anniversary/Bday Shabbat
5/17 Omer Challenge - Juice and Walk
5/18 Omer Challenge - Healthy Cooking
5/21 Lunch and Learn
5/23 Mini Minyan
5/23 Erev Shavuot
5/24 Shavuot



Professional Staff


Rabbi Ilan Glazer

Rabbi Ilan is excited and honored to be Rabbi of Beth Sholom Synagogue. Rabbi Ilan grew up in Conservative synagogues and schools, USY youth groups, and Camp Ramah. He has worked with many Jewish environmental and social justice organizations and has led Jewish trips in the U.S., Costa Rica, and Israel. Rabbi Ilan has brought his unique blend of Torah, humor, music, and insights from the storytelling, personal growth and public speaking disciplines to synagogues, schools, JCC’s, retreat centers, and army bases throughout the Jewish world. Prior to coming to Beth Sholom, Rabbi Ilan was the spiritual leader of Temple Beth El of North Bergen, NJ.

Rabbi Ilan was ordained in 2012 by ALEPH: The Alliance for Jewish Renewal. He has a B.A. in Talmud and Rabbinics from the Jewish Theological Seminary and a B.A. in Comparative Literature from the City College of New York. He also studied at Pardes and with Nava Tehila in Jerusalem. Rabbi Ilan was a Rabbis Without Borders fellow with CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. He completed trainings in the art of Sacred Hebrew Chant with Rabbi Shefa Gold, in ritual theatre with Storahtelling, and was ordained as a Maggid, a Jewish inspirational storyteller, by Maggid Yitzhak Buxbaum.

Rabbi Ilan is an avid cyclist and drummer and has played with a Who’s Who of the Jewish musical world. He is happily married to Rabbi Chana Leslie Glazer, with whom he enjoys traveling, film, music and spending time in nature.

Please feel free to contact Rabbi Ilan

Rabbi Chana Leslie GlazerRabbi Ilan Glazer and Rabbi Chana Leslie Glazer

Rabbi Chana Leslie Glazer is known for her warmth, approachability and energy, with a love of people, spirituality, prayer and song, ethics and Jewish texts of all kinds. She received her rabbinic ordination from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC) in 2013, a course of study that included spending a year studying in Israel at the Conservative Yeshiva. During rabbinical school she held a series of successful rabbinical internships in five synagogues, two senior living centers, as well as work with three religious schools and Hillel. Prior to coming to Beth Sholom, she served as the student rabbinic leader of Congregation Am Haskalah of Bethlehem, PA.

A passionate advocate for interfaith dialogue and social justice, Rabbi Chana Leslie was awarded the Rabbi Devora Bartnoff Memorial Prize for Spiritually Motivated Social Action by the faculty at RRC graduation. She spent a year at the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia running the Gateway to Religious Communities program. In 2012-2013, she conceived and launched Philadelphia Emerging Religious Leaders (PERL), which brings together seminary and religion students across a dozen institutions in Philadelphia for interfaith engagement, dialogue and activism.

Prior to becoming a rabbi, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Government at Cornell University and held a 15-year career as a journalist, editor and foreign correspondent, mostly working in Latin America & the Caribbean. She is delighted to join Beth Sholom with her husband and co-rabbi, Rabbi Ilan Glazer, and looks forward to many great adventures ahead!

Please feel free to contact Rabbi Chana Leslie

Director of Congregational Learning - Penina Hoffnung

Penina joined our staff in August 2014 as our new Director of Congregational Learning. She worked at the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey for 18 years, 15 of those as Director of the Department of Jewish Education and Continuity and three as the Community Family Educator. She created community-wide Jewish educational fairs, events and children’s museum. As director, she ran the Midrashah Jewish Junior College of Jewish Studies, a teen supplemental program of deep Jewish learning. She helped found and serves on the executive board of NAACCHHS (pronounced like the thing you get from your children), the North American Association of Congregational and Community Hebrew High Schools.

Her personal Jewish journey included a childhood in New Jersey, Western Pennsylvania, Cleveland Ohio, and Westchester County, NY. After attending high school in three different states, she made aliyah at age 19, briefly serving in the Israeli army and living on a border kibbutz and the heart of Tel Aviv. She attended art college in Israel and then back again in NY, with a BFA in Visual Arts from SUNY College at Purchase. She holds a Masters in Jewish Education from Gratz College. She is Ema/mom to four, ranging in age from 26 to 14, all over the globe. Her youngest, Maya, came along with her to Memphis and is attending Houston High School. Penina describes herself as a “Veggie Foodie”, and a lot of her “down” time seems to have to do with food, including foraging wild food, shopping for weird ingredients, reading cookbooks instead of novels, and then foisting the dishes that result from all this on unsuspecting Shabbat dinner guests. Please feel free to contact Penina Hoffnung with your questions and input.

Office Administrative Assistant - Cheryl Strong

Cheryl has been part of the Beth Sholom family since 2003. Her smiling face and warm disposition greet each member or guest who walks in Beth Sholom's front door. She is also often the first voice you hear when you call the synagogue office. When Cheryl is not answering phones, making copies or preparing mailings, she enjoys reading and spending time with her family. You should feel free to contact Cheryl Strong.

Rabbi's Administrative Assistant - Deanna Lubin

Deanna became a welcome addition to the Beth Sholom staff in 2006, handling the administrative tasks of our Religious School and Youth Commission. Deanna’s job description has changed and she now works directly with Rabbi Chana Leslie and Rabbi Ilan as their administrative assistant. Deanna devotes much of her free time volunteering for Hadassah. Please feel free to contact Deanna Lubin if you need to reach our Rabbis, set up an appointment or share life cycle information with the office.

Kitchen Supervisor - Claudia Burkins

Beth Sholom just wouldn't feel like home without Claudia here to whip up her Saturday Kiddush luncheons or fry up her famous fried chicken. She has been part of the Beth Sholom family longer than most of our members, as she joined our staff in 1963. In addition to taking care of Beth Sholom's culinary needs, Claudia also works as a private caterer, so it is likely that you have enjoyed her food at a recent Bar Mitzvah, wedding or bris. Claudia stays busy with her 7 children, 7 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren when she is not in the Beth Sholom kitchen.