Greenwich Reform Synagogue is a Reform Jewish congregation 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.
We enable spiritual connections through:
- Study (Torah)
- Worship (Avodah)
- Acts of Loving-kindness (Gemilut Chasadim)
Clergy & Staff
Rabbi Andrew R. Sklarz, MSW
Rabbi Andrew Sklarz has served Jewish communities in New York City, Westchester and Putnam counties, and Greater Philadelphia. Ordained from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, he was recently awarded their Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree.
Rabbi Sklarz is a trained social worker and psychotherapist. He has served as pastoral counselor at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and has volunteered in numerous schools, summer camps, hospitals, hospices, and senior facilities. He received his MSW from Fordham University, BA from Clark University, and studied at Tel Aviv University as an undergraduate. Rabbi Sklarz has a true love for humanity and is passionate about spreading the message of inclusivity. He is devoted to spiritual counseling, social action, and interfaith work.
Rabbi Sklarz has been published in numerous books and articles. He has authored chapters in Jewish Relational Care A-Z: We Are Our Other’s Keepers; Life, Faith and Cancer: Jewish Journeys Through Diagnosis, Treatment and Recovery; and Broken Fragments: Jewish Experiences of Alzheimer’s Disease through Diagnosis Adaptation and Moving On. He has worked with those in crisis including those with life-threatening illnesses, has appeared on television, been interviewed on radio, and was featured in the video documentary, The Journey: A Survivor’s Story. With his energetic and enthusiastic personality, his genuine love for humanity, and his passionate desire to bring together people from all walks of life, while celebrating their unique and special qualities, Rabbi Sklarz reaches out with warmth, compassion and spirituality.
A lover of theater, music and the arts, Rabbi Sklarz plays the piano and guitar. He is an enthusiastic cyclist and yoga practitioner. He and his wife Susan Freedman Sklarz live in Cos Cob, and are the parents of Daniella and Alexander.
Student Cantor Tobias Glaser
Toby comes to us from Melbourne, Australia and is entering his second year of study at the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion. He studied French, German and Music History at the University of Melbourne and then sang with many choirs, orchestras and operas in the area. His passion for Jewish music started 5 years ago when Toby began working as a Cantorial Soloist at his home temple, Temple Beth Israel in Melbourne. He has a strong passion for Yiddish song and has performed in many charitable concerts through the non-profit aged care organization Jewish Care in Australia. Toby is very excited to have moved to New York and can’t wait to meet the congregation.
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 Bedford, NY 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 Bridgeport, CT.
Greenwich Reform Synagogue
Riverside, CT 06878
|Rabbi and Director of Hebrew Program||Andrew R. Sklarz, MA, MSW, RJE,
|Student Cantor||Tobias Glaser|
|Executive Director||Stephanie Glaser,
|Director of Education||Eliana Hall,
|Administrative Assistant||Elaine Makowsky,
|Buildings and Grounds||Peter Babivskiy|
|Organist/Choir Director||David Johnson|
|BOARD OF TRUSTEES|
|Vice President||Andrew Loebelson|
|Treasurer, Trustee||Helen Stark|
|Adult Education||Ken Greenberg, Martin Mushkin|
|Circle of Giving||Sandy Soule, Helen Stark|
|Member Services||Nancy Korobkin|
|Social Action||Joy Davis, Shelly Kaplan|
|Ritual||Sandy Soule, Ken Greenberg|
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 home at our Stanwich Road location in Greenwich.
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.
Greenwich Reform Synagogue is in transition to our new home. Our current office space is on the Post Road in Riverside, Connecticut. As we prepare to build our new Synagogue, make sure you check our calendar for locations of programs and services. While the spirit of a close-knit congregational family will always remain paramount at Greenwich Reform Synagogue, our new facility, once completed, will provide an enhanced venue for our lovely services and topnotch programs.
The majority of photographs on the GRS website have been taken by congregants. We would especially like to thank member and professional Michael Chait for his beautiful photographs which appear throughout the site. Additional thanks go to Wendy Ploger for the wedding photo.
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