“The world rests upon three things, Torah, avodah, and gemilut hasadim.” (Pirkei Avot 1:2)
The study of Torah, worship, and acts of loving kindness are at the core of Judaism and of Greenwich Reform. Our Reform Jewish congregation is connected by love, friendship,
tradition, and community, welcoming all who wish to participate. Our congregation is a spiritual home where all are accepted, valued, and nurtured, whether raised in the
Jewish faith or not. We embrace ethical behavior in all aspects of life. We are dedicated to the study and interpretation of Reform Judaism in our ever-changing world.
We reach out to help those in need, following the ancient Jewish tradition of Tikkum Olam (repairing the world). We are committed to our community, people in need throughout the world, and to the land and people of Israel.
Clergy & Staff
Rabbi Jordie Gerson
Rabbi Gerson was ordained as a Rabbi at the Hebrew Union College in New York City; prior to that, she became a Master of Theological Studies at Harvard Divinity School. She has served as a Hillel rabbi at Yale, NYU, and the University of Vermont, and has held rabbinical positions in San Diego, Montreal, and Boulder, Colorado. An avid writer, her work is regularly featured in The Forward, Huffington Post, the Harvard Divinity Bulletin, MyJewishLearning.com, and Jewcy.com. Favorite activities include skiing, surfing, running, rock-climbing, travel, meditation, and yoga.
“I’m thrilled to be coming back to the East Coast, and especially to Greenwich Reform Synagogue,” explained Rabbi Jordie. “The beauty of our new building is rivaled only by the hearts of GRS’s committed congregants, whose ahavat Yisrael — love of and commitment to the people of Israel — is a true inspiration and model for all American-Jewish communities. With such strong roots, I believe our potential to be a center for Reform Jewish life and learning in Southeastern Connecticut and beyond is truly boundless. In the coming years, GRS will grow in numbers and in scope of programs, bringing transformative, relevant, and above all, meaningful Jewish life to a whole new generation. We’ll make use of the great resources that being so close to New York City affords us, while also taking advantage of the natural beauty we have at our fingertips here in Greenwich. I am so excited for our future, and to work with this extraordinary community, and hope that you’ll join us. My door is always open, and I’d love to meet you.” Rabbi Gerson can be reached at RabbiGerson@GRS.org or (203) 629-0018.
To download copies of Rabbi Jordie’s sermons, please click the links below:
Cantor Kathy J. Barr
Cantor Kathy J. Barr joins the clergy of Greenwich Reform Synagogue in July of 2017. She was ordained by The Academy for Jewish Religion, a seminary dedicated to Jewish pluralism near New York City. Cantor Barr was also certified by the American Conference of Cantors as a Regular Member. She received her Baccalaureate degree from New York University in Philosophy, with minors in Hebrew and Mathematics.
A performer since the age of seven, Cantor Barr was active in regional opera and oratorio as well as in liturgical music and performed as soloist both at home and abroad, including concert tours of the Caribbean and Europe. She has recorded for Vox Turnabout, Centaur, Sine Qua Non, Not Nice Music, and the Book of the Month Records.
Prior to coming to Greenwich Reform, Cantor Barr served as Cantor of Temple Beth Sholom in Flushing, NY, Temple Shalom in Succasunna, NJ, the Village Temple in NYC, North Shore Synagogue in Syosset, Long Island, West End Synagogue in Manhattan, and Beth Shalom in Manhattan.
Executive Director – Stephanie Glaser
Stephanie Glaser came to Greenwich Reform Synagogue in 2008 after serving within the administration of Temple Shaaray Tefila in Bedford Corners, NY for fourteen years. Working alongside the clergy, the Board of Trustees, and the membership to develop and implement policies and programs, Stephanie is responsible for member relations, facility management, financial reporting, website administration, the GRS weekly e-letter, and all internal PR.
Stephanie is an active member of NATA, the National Association of Temple Administrators of the Union of Reform Judaism, and stays informed of all developments within the movement.
Stephanie lives in New York City with her husband Paul. She is the mother of two grown daughters, Brooke and Brittany.
Director of Education – Eliana Hall
Eliana Hall comes from a family of seven very different children and has been in love with learning as a personal journey for as long as she can remember. In 2008 she received a Master of Arts in Jewish Education from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles, CA. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Mills College in Oakland, CA.
Eliana was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, FL, but has also lived and worked in Jewish Education in Oakland, Los Angeles, and New York City. She comes to us most recently from Central Synagogue in NYC, where she was one of a team of Religious School Educators who developed and taught original curricula for the Religious School.
Eliana met her husband Meir at a Bureau of Jewish Education Conference, where they discovered their mutual love of Jewish Education, students of all ages and backgrounds, and each other. They currently live in Norwalk, CT.
Greenwich Reform Synagogue
92 Orchard Street
Cos Cob, CT 06807
(203) 629-0613 (fax)
|Executive Director||Stephanie Glaser,
|Director of Education||Eliana Hall,
|Administrative Assistant||Meir Hoberman,
|Organist/Choir Director||David Johnson|
|BOARD OF TRUSTEES|
|Executive Vice President||Nancy Korobkin|
|Chai Society||Nancy Korobkin|
|Lifelong Learning||Ken Greenberg, Martin Mushkin|
|Social Action||Joy Davis, Shelly Kaplan|
|Welcoming New Members|
|Ritual||Sandy Soule, Ken Greenberg|
|Circle of Giving||Sandy Soule, Helen Stark|
Greenwich Reform Synagogue was founded in 1976 and is the only member of the Union for Reform Judaism in Greenwich. The congregation first met at Diamond Hill Methodist Church in Cos Cob, then was welcomed by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Riverside. In 1992, the congregation moved into its own building at 257 Stanwich Road in Greenwich, and in 2017, completed the construction of its own brand-new home at 92 Orchard Street in Cos Cob. Our new facility provides an enhanced venue for our lovely services and topnotch programs and school.
This on-going cooperation with local churches and schools has given GRS a unique perspective on the needs and preferences of the Greenwich community, particularly those of interfaith families. Our members have always come from a wide variety of religious backgrounds, both Jewish and Christian, and all dimensions of congregational life.
The majority of photographs on the GRS website have been taken by congregants. Additional thanks go to Wendy Ploger for the wedding photo and the Bartholemews for the Bar Mitzvah photo.
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