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 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.
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