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Meet The Barnert Team

Rabbi Rachel Steiner 

Rabbi Rachel Steiner is excited to be continuing her rabbinic career at Barnert Temple, now as its Senior Rabbi.  During the past eight years at Barnert, Rabbi Steiner has spent her time building relationships, teaching people of all ages and stages, and traveling with individuals and families on their Jewish journeys.  Rabbi Steiner is passionate about connection: in the sanctuary with or without her guitar, on the floor of Barnert Preschool classrooms telling stories with the children, or engaged in one-on-one conversations with people of all ages.

Rabbi Steiner grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and has always loved the New York City area. Growing up, she spent much of her time outside of school at Congregation Rodeph Sholom, her home synagogue. It was her love of music that opened the door into that community, and it was there that she discovered her passion for Jewish life, learning and community. 

She received her B.A. in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2002. Before beginning her rabbinical studies at HUC-JIR in 2005, she spent a year in San Francisco working in Jewish education and a year and a half back in New York City, where she worked at the Covenant Foundation and at Rodeph Sholom. She spent six months on Kibbutz Ma'agan Michael in Israel before her first year of rabbinical school in Jerusalem. 

Rabbi Steiner and Dan are the proud parents of Ezra and Asher.

Rabbi Steiner would love to hear from you! You can call her at 201-848-1800, or e-mail at

Rabbi Elyse Frishman, Rabbi Emerita 

Rabbi Elyse Frishman served our community as Senior Rabbi for 22 years.

Rabbi Frishman is the editor of the Reform movement's new prayerbook, Mishkan T'filah, serving Reform congregations nationally. 

She was ordained in 1981, and came to Barnert 1995 before retiring in 2017. She is married to Rabbi Daniel Freelander, President of the World Union for Progressive Judaism, and they have two sons and a daughter.



Sara Losch is the current and founding director of the Barnert Temple Preschool which is currently celebrating its 30th year. During her years at Barnert, Sara helped design and usher in a new model for the Jewish education of Kindergarten through twelfth graders. The Jewish Journey Project Barnert Temple (JJP) has energized students, teachers and parents and has allowed us to offer families what they need most: flexibly scheduled, engaging, meaningful way to raise Jewishly connected and literate children. 

Often called by one name - "Saralosch" by her students, Sara's greatest joys at Barnert are that she remains involved in the lives of children from birth through all life-cycles and watching adults make friends that last lifetimes.

Sara’s undergraduate degree is in Special Education and she has a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education. She lives in Wyckoff with her husband, Jorge. They are the proud parents of two adult children, Jessie and Gabby, who insist on living in Brooklyn!

Rebecca McKinnon, President






Marina  Voronina, Cantorial Soloist  

Marina is a trained opera singer with a Masters degree in Music Education and Vocal Performance from The Eastman School of Music with years of experience teaching music, choir and voice lessons to young children — most recently at The Village School in Waldwick. Marina lives in Glen Rock, NJ, with her husband, David, and three young children.

Billy Bloomberg, BarTY Advisor

Billy Bloomberg is originally from Lawrenceville, NJ, and grew up going to Congregation Beth Chaim in Princeton Junction. After finishing his degree in culinary arts, he transferred to William Paterson University, where he studying sociology with a minor in religious studies. At William Paterson, Billie is  a member of the Epsilon chapter of Phi Kappa Tau and serves as Hillel’s student government representative. Jewish youth programming has been a large portion of Billy's life, shaping what he studies and bringing him lifelong friendships. Starting in 4th grade, Billie was involved in youth programming, continuing through high school, where he served on his youth group board. In Billy's freshman year of high school he started attending NFTY events, and eventually spent a summer at Urban Mitzvah Corps. Billy now works with NFTY-GER locally, and with NFTY and the URJ on the North American level. Working with such amazing teens is inspiring. "I cannot wait to work with the teens from Barnert Temple, see their passions, and build BarTY into an even more vibrant community!



Janet Montgomery, Music Director

Alice Berdy, School Administrator

Nan Sumner, Assistant Director 

Jennifer Katz Goldstein, Jewish Journey Project

Natalie Cohen, Office Administrator 

Lori Solomon, Clergy Assistant 

Lynn Sabat, Bookkeeper

Officers and Board of Trustees 

Wed, August 15 2018 4 Elul 5778