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Beth-El will welcome Rabbi Rachel Salston on August 1, 2024.

Rabbi Rachel Salston is a 2018 graduate of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles. A native of Central New Jersey, Rabbi Salston has served as rabbi of Fair Lawn Jewish Center in Northern NJ for the past 4 years. In her role at FLJC, she has transitioned the synagogue through the pandemic and their current synagogue merger, revitalized youth Shabbat programming and the Hebrew School, supported congregants through the joys and pains of life, read and taught others to read Torah and lead davening, and has built relationships throughout the greater community. Prior to her work in Fair Lawn, Rabbi Salston worked as a hospital chaplain at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and was previously the Ritual Director at Park Avenue Synagogue. As a rabbi, educator, and Soferet STaM, Rabbi Salston loves teaching people of all ages how to find their personal connection to the joy of Jewish life and community. Rabbi Salston holds a BA in Neuroscience from Brandeis University, where she also minored in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. She has studied at the Conservative Yeshiva, Yeshivat Hadar, SVARA, and Drisha. In her spare time Rabbi Salston enjoys crafting and running while listening to audio books.

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Rabbi Emeritus Gary Creditor

Rabbi Gary S. Creditor has been a Jewish leader for over 35 years, teaching all ages, envisioning and creating a community mikvah and participating on countless boards and communal agencies – Jewish, interfaith, and civic.

A member of the international Rabbinical Assembly of America, the Washington Board of Rabbis, and New York Board of Rabbis, Rabbi Creditor was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, the world-wide center for Conservative Judaism.

In 2003, he received his Doctorate from Jewish Theological Seminary, recognizing more than 25 years of Rabbinic service. Rabbi Creditor also was tapped by Governor Kaine to participate in the memorial program for the students and faculty who died at Virginia Tech in 2007. He is a passionate and engaging Jewish leader, a teacher of great wisdom and warm pastoral friend to many.

After 21 years of service at Temple Beth-El, Rabbi Creditor retired in 2014. He continues to be a contributing member of this congregation as well as the greater community.

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Wed, July 24 2024 18 Tammuz 5784