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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 - Stephen Davis
Vice President - Brad Jubelirer
Financial Vice President - Sandy Seidman
Secretary - Maxine Klein
Treasurer - Kevin Fox

Board Members (Committee Chair/Committee Liason Responsibility)

George Amarant
Karen Burzin
Miriam Gardner-Frum
Tracy Kleinberg
Harvey Payton
Ed Pinn
Henry Resnikoff
Linda Rigono
Laura Roman
Ali Rosenblum

Other Committee Chairs

Adult Education: Polly Kipp
Chesed: Linda Sherman
Communication & Information: Lynne Stiles
Development: Kevin Fox
Education: Karen Burzin
Mavens (ex Womens Club): Kate Cotton
Membership Services: Ali Rosenblum
Nomination & Governance: Martin Wolman
Outreach: Ed Pinn
Program: Tracy Kleinberg
Religious Affairs: Laura Roman
Social Action: Andy Schatz
Youth: Marjorie Lander

CBSRZ is guided by a strategic plan developed in 2010 and updated in 2014. Guidance was shaped through congregation-wide listening and feedback initiatives. Recommendations are gathered under the theme "Inside/Out," which refers to the need to tap our internal strengths, access outside resources, and think innovatively.

View the CBSRZ Strategic Plan

September 20, 2014, 7:00 pm

An inspirational service and study for the local Reform Congregations in preparation for the upcoming High Holy Days. Featuring Rabbis, Cantors, Choirs and Soloists from participating congregations. Service will begin at 7:00 pm with Havdalah. This service will be live streamed via our YouTube Channel.
September 21, 2014, 10:00 am

Join the “little dumplings” of Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek (Chester) for a free, twice a month preschool program. Led by our wonderful educator, Sandy Herzog, this program is geared towards children from birth through 4 years old, along with their parents. The program is from 10-10:45 am and includes a variety of activities including songs, crafts, stories and a snack. The program will introduce children to Jewish values and holidays in a fun and educational setting. Upcoming program dates will be September 21st and October 12th and 19th. No advance registration is required. For more information, please call the office at 860-526-8920.
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