Clergy & Staff

Rabbi

Rabbi Adrienne Rubin

Rabbi Adrienne Rubin joined TBAY in July 2020. Rabbi Rubin brings warmth, knowledge and a passion for Jewish values and traditions to help people connect to what brings them the most joy and meaning in their lives. She enjoys leading worship in a way that encourages members of the congregation to participate and is well-known for partnering with our Cantorial Soloist Ben Rosenbach to bring beautiful music to services. Rabbi Rubin is committed to inclusivity and to helping each person, couple and family find their home in the Jewish community. Rabbi Rubin loves customizing the educational process for students of all ages, levels and backgrounds, so that they develop deep connections to Jewish learning and the Jewish community that will last a lifetime.

Rabbi Rubin has been serving the Jewish community for over 30 years. She currently serves as the Rabbi to the Board of Trustees of the Northern NJ Chapter of the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs and is a member of the Steering Committee of the Greater MetroWest Rabbis’ Roundtable. Prior to joining TBAY, she served as Cantorial Soloist at Temple Micah, an unaffiliated, egalitarian synagogue in Lawrenceville, NJ, for 24 years. At Temple Micah, in addition to leading services, Rabbi Rubin prepared students for B’nei Mitzvah, taught children in the religious school, led adult and teen Torah and text study, and tended to the pastoral care and life cycle needs of the congregation. Prior to Temple Micah, she served as the High Holy Day Cantor for the University of Rhode Island, and as a guest cantor and a soloist for several synagogues in Massachusetts. She was a member of Temple Emunah in Lexington, where she lived until November 1994.

Rabbi Rubin graduated from Princeton University in 1988 with a B.A. in Music Theory and Composition and she is a trained opera singer. She received S’micha from the pluralistic Rabbinical Seminary International, founded in 1955 by the Hungarian Chasidic Rabbi and Kabbalist Dr. Joseph H. Gelberman. She is a member of the International Federation of Rabbis, Rabbinical Fellowship of America, the Women Cantors’ Network, 18Doors (formerly Interfaith Family Network), Equally Wed and the Rainbow Wedding Network.

Rabbi Rubin lives in Princeton, NJ, with her husband Doug. They have one son, Elian, who is a Classics and Theatre Major (and Quidditch player) at Oberlin College of Arts and Sciences. Rabbi Rubin cares deeply about the greater community and has volunteered and/or worked with numerous nonprofit organizations, including Send Hunger Packing Princeton, SAVE, A Friend to Homeless Animals, the Princeton Public Schools, the Princeton Education Foundation, VolunteerConnect, Women in Development, Princeton University, and her local Pack, Troop and Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

 

Rabbi Emeritus

Rabbi Mark Mallach

Rabbi Mark Mallach is Rabbi Emeritus. He joined us in 1999 after serving as the Senior Rabbi of Temple Beth El in West Palm Beach, Florida. Rabbi Mallach was not new to our area; he had previously served as the Assistant Rabbi of Temple Beth Shalom of Livingston, New Jersey from 1994 – 1997.  He served as our Senior Rabbi until July 2020.

Rabbi Mallach is a graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America where he garnered academic prizes of excellence in areas of Talmud Study and Homiletics. In addition, Rabbi Mallach, a graduate of the University of Maryland’s School of Pharmacy, is the first Registered Pharmacist to be ordained as a Conservative Rabbi by the Seminary. Plus, as an avid bicyclist, he can frequently be seen on our local roads.  In 2004, Rabbi Mallach became perhaps the only clergy-person to do a cross-country bicycle ride, which he did as a charitable fundraiser!
 
Rabbi Mallach brings to our community his wealth of experience in Adult, Family and Youth Education, along with his vision of charting a Judaic path to choose to live a Jewishly-enriched lifestyle. Having embarked on the journey of moving from living in just the secular world, with all of its inherent pressures, to embracing the spiritually enhanced world of Jewish observance, Rabbi Mallach is committed to bringing the teachings of our tradition to others in order to invest their lives with a sense of a greater numinous content.
 
Rabbi Mallach shares in our community with his wife Genya, daughters: Elana and Scott Rosenbaum and grandchildren Hayley, Hayden, and Hayzel, and their younger daughter, Ester and grandchild Winter.

Cantorial Soloist

Ben Rosenbach

Ben Rosenbach is an actor, playwright/lyricist, Jewish educator and TBAY’s Cantorial Soloist. Ben received a BFA in Drama from NYU Tisch School of the Arts (CAP21), and has since performed in regional theaters around the country: The Chosen at Barrington Stage Company (opposite Emmy Award Winner, Richard Schiff); My Name is Asher at Florida Studio Theater; Laughter on the 23rd Floor at Flat Rock Playhouse; South Pacific at the John W Engeman; and Rent at Harbor Lights Theater Company.

As a Jewish educator, Ben utilizes his extensive knowledge of Hebrew, Jewish history, and liturgy, skills he learned during his 14-year academic career at Solomon Schechter Day School, now the Golda Ocha Academy, to help prepare students to become Bar/Bat Mitzvah, and has been employed by some of New York’s largest synagogues. Ben grew up in Springfield, NJ, and has been part of the TBAY community since he was born. He is extremely proud to serve as the current Cantorial Soloist. Ben and his wife, Stephanie, live in New York City in Hell’s Kitchen.

High Holidays Cantorial Soloist

Lawrence Indik

Lawrence Indik serves as High Holidays Cantorial Soloist at Temple Beth Ahm Yisrael. He also regularly appears as a soloist and recitalist throughout the United States. He has performed a wide range of repertoire including oratorio, chamber music and solo song repertoire and has also appeared in numerous operatic roles. An active member of the Philadelphia music community, he concertizes often in the area’s new music venues and has premiered over seventy new works by contemporary composers. Dr. Indik’s CD of new music, “Songs of Separation and Perspective” on Gesher Records has been widely praised. Although trained as a classical singer, he has studied Jewish Music and the cantorial tradition from a very young age starting in the choir of Nathan Chaitovsky at Temple Sinai in West Oak Lane, Philadelphia. He has also served as a high holidays cantorial soloist for over 30 years in congregations throughout the United States.

An active vocal pedagogue and researcher, Dr. Indik’s articles have appeared in the National Association of Teachers of Singing “Journal of Singing.” His book, “On the Boundaries of Singing” rigorously explores the meeting places of science and art in the craft of singing. He regularly lectures and gives Master Classes on singing, voice science and Jewish Music.
 
Dr. Indik continues to enjoy the many successes of his students, past and present, who have pursued their music careers in such institutions as the Metropolitan Opera, Aspen Opera, Central City Opera, Central Florida Lyric Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Lake George Opera, Wolf Trap, Chautauqua Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Dayton Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Naples Opera, New York City Opera, Covent Garden, Welsh National Opera, Dallas Opera, Opera Omaha, Utah Festival Opera, Rochester Opera, San Francisco Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Arizona Opera and on and off Broadway. They have also pursued careers as music educators, music therapists, cantors, music administrators, vocal therapists and conductors.
 
Dr. Indik received his Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics cum laude from Harvard University, a Masters in Opera Performance from the Temple University Boyer College of Music and Dance and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Manhattan School of Music. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Voice and Opera Department at Temple University where he has been faculty since 1993.

Executive Director

Harvey M. Brenner, FSA, FTA

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After a 30+ year career in sales, marketing and general business management, Harvey decided to change careers and was determined to turn his avocation into his vocation, and joined the world of professional synagogue leadership.  He joined TBAY as executive director in the summer of 2021 after holding similar positions at other Metro-NY synagogues and temples.

Harvey is the only active exec to hold both an FSA (Fellow in Synagogue Administration) as conferred by the North American Association of Synagogue Executives (NAASE) and an FTA (Fellow in Temple Administration) as conferred by the National Association for Temple Administration {NATA}, the URJ and the CCAR.

Harvey is the author of the thesis, “Merging Congregations: The Exploration, Facilitation and Execution of a Synagogue Merger and the Role of the Administrator/Executive Director in the process”, published in April, 2008, and two peer to peer articles, The Synagogue as a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy published in the 2012 NAASE Journal (pp. 20-22) and Mens Sana in Corpore Sano, published in the 2016 Joint NATA/NAASE Winter Journal.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Queens College of the City University of New York and a Master of Science degree in Education from St. John’s University, Jamaica, NY. 

Harvey was elected president of NAASE in March 2021, at NAASE’s first and hopefully last ‘virtual conference’. He has served NAASE as secretary, Vice President for Professional Development, Ethics Committee chairman, chairman of the Regional Groups Network and chairman of the NAASE-NATA Joint Distance Learning Initiative.  He is also a past president of GANSE (the Garden State Network of Synagogue Executives) and the last treasurer of MetroASE (the Metropolitan-NY Association of Synagogue Executives).  While a NATA member, he served as an instructor at the NATA Institute before moving into the Conservative world.

Harvey also leads peer and board training workshops on the subjects of “Ethical Decision-Making in the Synagogue Boardroom”, a case-study based coaching ‘clinic’ on how to frame board decisions within the context of a Jewish, faith-based organization as well as national webinars on synagogue collaborations, co-programming, co-locating and mergers.

Harvey is a die-hard Boston Celtics fan, lives in Aberdeen, NJ with his “bride” of 49 years, Faith, has one son, a 9-year-old granddaughter and a 17-month old grandson who are the apples of his eye. Please stop by and he’ll show you’re his ‘proud papa package’ Celtics memorabilia and pictures of the ‘kinder’.