2014-08-20 / Voice at the Shore

Rabbi Gerald Fox to head Board of Rabbis & Cantors


RABBI GERALD FOX… of Temple Beth Shalom in Brigantine. RABBI GERALD FOX… of Temple Beth Shalom in Brigantine. The South Jersey Board of Rabbis and Cantors (SJBRC) has elected Rabbi Gerald Fox of Temple Beth Shalom in Brigantine as its new president.

Fox is entering his ninth year as the spiritual leader of Temple Beth Shalom, a Conservative movement affiliate that largely serves the Jewish population in Brigantine and the nearby areas north of the Atlantic City Expressway. He is a member of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, the Philadelphia Board of Rabbis, and an associate member of the National Association of Jewish Chaplains.

Fox takes over as president from Cantor Ralph Goren of Beth El Synagogue in Margate, who served as president from 2011. Previously, Fox served on the SJBRC’s executive board as secretary for three years. SJBRC also elected a new executive board: Rabbi David Weis of Cong. Beth Israel in Northfield will serve as treasurer and Cantor Deborah Arden Stern of Ventnor will serve as secretary. Rabbi Gordon Geller will continue as the community’s clergy representative on the Federation’s Board of Directors.

Members of the Board of Rabbis and Cantors hold regular meetings to discuss matters of importance to the Jewish community and its involvement in a number of community programs. For many years, the SJBRC has served as the kashrut supervising organization for Seashore Gardens. Along with a rotation of its members providing kashrut supervision of the facility, a volunteer for the organization, Mosheh Math, has been involved in regular inspections.

The South Jersey Board of Rabbis and Cantors also determines allocations to various programs, organizations, and events in the Jewish community, including its recent establishment of two named funds with the Jewish Community Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Atlantic and Cape May Counties.

The SJBRC is the coordinating organization of the annual community-wide Selichot service, which this year will be held at Temple Beth Shalom in Brigantine on Sept. 20, the Saturday night before Rosh Hashanah. .

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