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Rabbi Rachel Goldenberg

Rabbi Rachel Goldenberg was warmly welcomed as the spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek in July 2007. Prior to moving to Connecticut, she served as an assistant/associate rabbi at Temple Emanu-El in Dallas, Texas.

Rabbi Goldenberg was ordained in 2003 at the Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion in New York, NY and is an alumna of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship Program. She holds a B.A. in Middle Eastern and Asian Languages and Cultures from Columbia University, graduating Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1997.

Currently Rabbi Goldenberg serves as Co-chair of Rabbis for Human Rights–North America. She is a member of the Rabbinic Cabinet of JStreet, serves on the Steering Committee of the Rabbinic Vision Initiative and is a member of the New Haven Board of Rabbis. She is also an alumna of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality.

Rabbi Goldenberg and her family reside in Deep River. She is married to Jim Talbott, and they have a daughter and a son, Amina and Ziv Goldenberg.

Contact Rabbi Goldenberg (860) 526-8920


Belinda Brennan, Cantorial Soloist

Belinda Brennan grew up hearing and singing Yiddish and Hebrew music from age four. As a teen, she was a soloist at temple functions as well as the vocalist of a band that performed at weddings, Bar Mitzvahs and other events. After college, she became a member and soloist of the Rottenberg Chorale in New York City and, later, a soloist in the choir of Congregation Etz Chayim in Hewlett, New York.

Since 2000, Ms. Brennan has been a Cantorial Soloist at High Holy Days services at CBSRZ, having studied trope, the system for chanting prayer, under Rabbi Cory Weiss. She also assisted Rabbi Weiss in designing and developing prayer services. In 2005 she became Cantorial Soloist for weekly services, helped with the preparation of Bar and Bat Mitzvahs and participated in lifecycle events. Ms. Brennan continues to study independently and is a member of the Women Cantor’s Network.

Belinda Brennan resides in Old Saybrook with her family, husband Stephen Brennan and children, Benjamin and Rianna.

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Board of Directors


President - Lary Bloom
Vice President - Stephen Davis
Financial Vice President - Sandy Seidman
Secretary - Henry Resnikoff
Treasurer - Kevin Fox

Board Members (Committee Chair/Committee Liason Responsibility)

Director - Miriam Garnder-Frum
Director - Maxine Klein
Director - Tracy Kleinberg
Facilities (liaison) - Harvey Payton
Education - Karen Burzin
Communications (liaison) - Lenny Goldberg
Member Services - Brad Jubelirer
Youth (liaison) - Tracy Kleinberg
Outreach - Ed Pinn
Religious Affairs - Laura Roman
Development - Kevin Fox
Social Action (liason) - Linda Rigono
Finance - Sandy Seidman
Chesed (liaison) - Lynne Zimmerman

Other Committee Chairs

Chesed - Linda Sherman
Communications/PR - Lon Seidman
Facilities - Harvey Payton
Membership - Suzanne Levine
Nominating and Governance - Martin Wolman
Social Action - Andy Schatz



April 20, 2014, 5:00 pm

World renowned Soprano Patricia Schuman and Bass-baritone David Pittsinger, a husband and wife team who have performed leading roles on the world's most prestigious stages, treat us with an original debut performance of "A Musical Biography: Opera is a Dangerous Business." Advance tickets recommended and are available through the CBSRZ office (860-526-8920). $25 each ($20 for members of CBSRZ); children under 16 no charge. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door.
May 18, 2014, 5:00 pm

The celebrated classical pianist has appeared as an orchestra soloist and recitalist throughout Europe and the United States. She joins us to perform Robert Schumann's Kreisleriana and Sonata in G Minor, and Claude Debussy's Images, Book I. Advance Tickets available through the CBSRZ office (860-526-8920). $25 each; children under 16 no charge. Tickets will also be available at the door. Reception following program, provided by Rustica Ristorante of Chester.
November 4, 2014, 8:00 am

Rabbi Goldenberg and Revered Kathy Peters will lead us as we: • Explore our roots in the Land of Israel as Jews and Christians • Visit religious sites of both faiths in the City of Jerusalem, and in the Galilee, including the Western Wall and the tunnels beneath, the Via Dolorosa, Christian sites around the Sea of Galilee, and the ancient Talmudic city of Tzippori • Tour East Jerusalem and the Separation Barrier with Ir Amim, an Israeli organization that educates re: issues of Palestinian-Israeli peace and human rights • Take the cable car up Masada and float in the Dead Sea • Experience modern-day Israeli culture in Tel Aviv • Learn from experts about current events and Arab-Israeli co-existence efforts • Celebrate the Jewish Shabbat and the Christian Sabbath • Participate in an archaeological dig • Deepen our understanding of ourselves and each other as fellow people of faith Estimated Costs (subject to change)Land cost: $3000 per person (includes 10 nights in double room 4‐star hotel,breakfast plus one other meal per day, tour guide and bus transportation.(Single Supplement: additional fee of $755 Triple Occupancy: discount of $150 for sharing a Triple)Flight:just under $1200 per person