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April 19, 2014   19 Nisan 5774
Rabbi Barry L. Schwartz  

Rabbi Barry  L. Schwartz


Rabbi Barry L Schwartz was ordained at the Hebrew Union College in New York in 1985 and served previous pulpits in Amherst, New York, Chevy Chase, Maryland, and Cherry Hill, New Jersey. He began his career in Israel, as rabbi of the Leo Baeck Education Center in Haifa. Besides serving Congregation Adas Emuno, Rabbi Barry Schwartz is the director of the Jewish Publication Society in Philadelphia, the nation's oldest and best known Jewish publisher.

Rabbi Schwartz is actively involved in Jewish environmentalism. He was a founding member of the Washington, D.C. chapter of Shomrei Adamah, the first national Jewish environmental organization. He serves on the grassroots advisory committee of COEJL, the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life, and helps lead the Environment Committee of the Central Conference of American Rabbis.

Rabbi Schwartz is a prolific writer, the author of four books, a prize winning short story, and articles that have appeared in the Journal of Reform Judaism, American Jewish History, and the Hebrew Union College Annual. His latest textbook, Jewish Heroes, Jewish Values, (1996) is currently used in over 300 religious schools nationwide. A previous text Jewish Theology: A Comparative Study (1991) explores Jewish denominational thinking. Honi The Circlemaker – Eco-Fables From Ancient Israel (1993) is a series of folktales for children. Rabbi Schwartz recently authored Judaism's Great Debates, which was published in both adult and youth editions.

Rabbi Schwartz enjoys hiking, cycling and photography. He is an avid tennis and table tennis player. He is married to Deborah A. Schwartz, an occupational therapist specializing in hand rehabilitation. Their three children are Nadav, Talia, and Noam.

Rabbi Barry L. Schwartz
Congregation Adas Emuno
254 Broad Avenue
Leonia, NJ 07605

Selected Sermons

Annice Benamy, School Director  

Annice Benamy is a very enthusiastic and passionate educator. Her love of education, music, and Reform Judaism developed at her synagogue in Cleveland, Ohio and at URJ Kutz Camp in Warwick, New York. She served as a songleader, music teacher, Family Educator, Jr. Congregation Coordinator, and classroom teacher by the time she completed college. Annice successfully combined her love of Judaism and music to be a Jewish educator. Now as Adas Emuno Religious School Director, Annice brings her love of learning and education to the students, teachers, families, and Temple community. Her long-term goal is to move the school into 21st century learning with technology integration.

In 1986, Annice was honored to become a cantorial soloist for a nursing home in Beachwood, Ohio. She continues to share her spirituality and love for liturgy through music on the Bima with passion and devotion whenever called upon in Cleveland or New Jersey.

For the past 19 years, Annice’s secular educational experiences include K-8 Vocal music teacher, Fine Arts building supervisor, and staff trainer on a variety of educational topics. She is a National Board Certified Teacher with Supervisor Certification from Rutgers University. She is also a graduate from the University of Cincinnati, Kent State University, and earned a Master’s Degree in Music Education from Cleveland State University.

Annice resides in Teaneck with her husband, David (whom she met Kutz Camp in 1977), her college-aged daughter, Ilana, and step-daughter, Sarah. She loves travel, music, reading, and visiting the Shore.

"Thank you for welcoming me into your Kehillah Kadosha (a sacred community)."

Annice Benamy

Cantorial Soloist Nancy Beller-Krieger  
Nancy Beller-Krieger is a singer, songwriter and guitarist with a great passion for sharing the beauty of Judaism through music. Over the past twenty years she has served many communities as Jewish Educator, music and tefillah teacher, and Cantorial Soloist. When time permits, she enjoys performing in the folk duo Shisha Neharot (Six Rivers) with her husband, Cantor Wayne Krieger. One of her special interests is creating and leading women's seders for synagogues and adult communities.

Prior to moving to New Jersey, Cantor Nancy served as Jewish Educator at the JCC of the Greater Palm Beaches in Florida, Temple Torah in Boynton Beach, FL, and the Department of Jewish Education in New Haven, CT. Her very first position in the field of Jewish Education was as Hillel Director of Trinity College in Hartford, CT. Cantor Nancy is Mom to Kochava, Stepmom to Yael and Ronit, and very proud Savta to Elisheva Ma'ayan. She lives with her husband in Freehold, NJ.

Nancy Beller-Krieger

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