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TEFILLAH LEADERS

Rabbi Aaron Liebman

Rabbi Aaron Liebman was born in Philadelphia, and grew up in Washington Heights (NYC) and Petach Tikvah (Israel). He graduated with a law degree from Bar Ilan University, and met his wife Leora while taking the bar exam in New York. From 2000 to 2003 Aaron served as acting cantor at the Kew Gardens Anshe Sholom Jewish Center in Queens. He returned to serve there as acting cantor/rabbi from 2005 to 2008. In 2003 Leora and Aaron moved from Queens to West Orange with their three children - Ariella, Yael and Jeremy. Since August 2008 Aaron has served as Shaliach Tzibur at B'nai Shalom. Aaron received his rabbinical ordination from the Academy for Jewish Religion in May 2011.

Jeffery Kirschenbaum, Youth Director

In his day job, Jeff Kirschenbaum is a 6th grade math teacher in East Orange, at the Cicely Tyson School of the Performing Arts. A former quality assurance analyst, he finally became a certified teacher after many years as an informal educator. A long-time member of B'nai Shalom, he has served as Youth Director for the past 3 years, and has been the USY/Kadima Advisor for the past 7 years. He is a regular at Shabbat morning services, where he often leads the davening or reads Torah. After services, he can usually be found at kiddush schmoozing with the kids and making sure they are planning to attend the upcoming event. Prior to becoming Youth Director at B'nai Shalom, Jeff worked for many years at Congregation Shomrei Emunah in a variety of capacities: Torah reader, junior congregation leader, Kadima and USY advisor, and b'nai mitzvah tutor (100 + students and counting!). He also worked at the Golda Och Academy as a Mechinah teacher. Jeff's hobbies include an enormous trading card collection and baseball memorabilia as well as caring for his 2 aquariums at home.