Jewish Center of Northwest Jersey

The Rabbi's Page

The spiritual leader of a Jewish congregation is its rabbi. Our temple's rabbi also serves as principal of our Hebrew School, the Mike Weiner School of Jewish Learning, and conducts the Rabbi's Class as part of the temple's Adult Education program.

Rabbi Dr. Andy Dubin came to the JCNWJ in July, 2015, succeeding Rabbi Mary Zamore came to the JCNWJ in July, 2013, who in turn had succeeded Rabbi Emerita Ellen J. Lewis who served for 19 years.

After graduating from Amherst College in 1988, Rabbi Dr. Dubin embarked on a 20-year career in the field of education during which he taught religious studies at some of America's most demanding high schools, including St. Paul's (NH), Northfield Mount Hermon (MA), Trinity (NYC), and Exeter (NH). As well, Rabbi Dr. Dubin served as Dean of Students at two of the nation's finest pluralistic Jewish Schools: Gann Academy (MA) and American Hebrew Academy (NC). Over the years he also spent four summers as a Head-of-Tour for NFTY in Israel, which led to a position at the Union for Reform Judaism as Director of College Education and Founding Director of the Meitav Fellowship for Teen Leadership.

Rabbi Dr. Andy Dubin
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Throughout his years of teaching, Rabbi Dr. Dubin never stopped pursuing his own studies too, which led to a master's degree in 1992 and a doctorate in 2008, both from the Department of Bible and Ancient Semitic Languages of The Jewish Theological Seminary.

A 2014 ordinee of Hebrew Union College, Rabbi Dr. Dubin purposefully constructed a varied a student pulpit experience during his three years of training in New York., serving as Student Rabbi for Temple B'nai Israel (Albany, GA), Pastoral Care Intern for DOROT (NYC), Rabbinic Intern for Woodlands Community Temple (Greenburgh, NY), Religious School Principal and Rabbinic Intern for Union Temple (Brooklyn, NY), Student Chaplain at Weil Cornell Hospital (NYC), and Student Rabbi for Temple Beth HaSholom (Williamsport, PA).

Since 2013, Rabbi Dr. Dubin has been serving as the part-time Director of Hebrew Home Study and Adult Learning at Manhattan's Metropolitan Synagogue (a position he will continue to occupy, so long as his schedule at JCNWJ permits). Rabbi Dr. Dubin also teaches privately and officiates major life-cycle events.

A native New Yorker, Rabbi Dr. Dubin lives in Manhattan with his wife, Nancy (Cantor Nancy Dubin (Temple Am Echad, Lynbrook, New York) and their four children, Shira, Liron, Noa, and Ari.

The "Rabbi's Message" appears in every issue of the JOURNAL, the newsletter of the JCNWJ. The most recent message appears below; past messages are also available. Selected sermons are also provided below.

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September 2017 Message from Rabbi Dubin

Dear Friends,
In a time that seems to become increasingly uncertain day by day, whether we’re talking about politics, the weather, or so many other things, it becomes all the more important to maintain areas of certainty and grounding in order to keep us moving forward. For me, one of those constants always has and always will be my ongoing commitment to the Jewish People and the State of Israel. While it goes without saying that there will always be moments when I disagree with particular policies of one Israeli government or another, all the same, no matter how angry or disappointed I may become from time to time, my fundamental allegiance to the democratic Jewish State in the land of Israel has never wavered.

Among the topics I will be addressing from the bima during High Holidays this year is Zionism, which I believe is a word that has become much aligned within various pockets of society over the recent past. I look forward to having the opportunity to stand proud and speak from my heart about the covenantal relationship I believe all Jews share wherever they live, whatever languages they speak, and no matter their connection (or disconnection) with God.

As well, I will be talking some about the upcoming congregational trip to Israel (June 24 - July 6, 2018) that we, under the leadership of co-chairs Lynne Kowski and Roy Loomis, are in the process of planning. More information will be coming soon, but I do want to let you know that registration is now open. Much work has gone into this exciting community opportunity over the past half-year or so, and we can’t wait to be in Israel together next summer. I should add that while this is obviously a JCNWJ trip, temple members are welcome to extend invitations to family and friends, too.

If you would like to see the itinerary as it stands now (which, although already fabulous, still remains open to tweaking, if necessary), or if you would like to register for the trip, you can do both at www.arzaworld.com/Jewish-Center-of-Northwest-New-Jersey-Trip-to-Israel-Led-by-Rabbi-Andy-Dubin.aspx. You can also speak directly with Lynne, Roy, or me.

Wishing you a Happy and Sweet New Year,
Rabbi Dubin

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