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Rabbi's Biography

Rabbi Jennifer Schlosberg became the rabbi at The Glen Rock Jewish Center in July 2015. During her time at the GRJC, Rabbi Schlosberg has led the community in several new initiatives.  She envisioned and created the Mishpacha Minyan, a monthly interactive service for Hebrew School students and their families as well as Tot Shabbat, a monthly gathering for families with nursery school-aged children. An excellent community organizer, she led a community-wide listening campaign, which surveyed congregants and ultimately led to the creation of several new programs and initiatives such as a teen youth program, a committee to address gun violence and a group organizing additional social and educational programs for adults. Under Rabbi Schlosberg’s leadership, the GRJC is now proud of our annual “Light up the Night” event, a popular Chanukah program for both children and adults (which features her fire-twirling skills), as well as our “Dinner and Dancing with the Torahs” Simchat Torah celebration. She enjoys teaching classes like “Judaism 101” and “Torah on Tap” and was responsible for securing the GRJC’s first rabbinic intern, establishing an important partnership with the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (JTS).

Outside of the GRJC, Rabbi Schlosberg was instrumental in advancing anti-gun violence efforts in the State of New Jersey. She was also influential in creating a homework ban in the Glen Rock school district on religious holidays and she partnered with the district and other community advocacy groups to address anti-Semitic acts in the public schools.

She is currently on the executive board of the North Jersey Board of Rabbis, active with the Religious Communities of Glen Rock, and has been a rabbinical fellow with JOIN for Justice. She volunteers at a local assisted living facility and at the Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County.

Previously, Rabbi Schlosberg was Assistant Rabbi at Temple Beth Sholom in Roslyn Heights, NY, a synagogue of more than 700 member families. She is a graduate of JTS, where she was the recipient of three prestigious fellowships: the Neubauer Fellowship, the Schusterman Rabbinical Fellowship, and the Legacy Heritage Rabbinic Fellowship. While studying at JTS, Rabbi Schlosberg was the rabbinic intern at Congregation Ansche Chesed in New York City and at Dix Hills Jewish Center in Dix Hills, NY. She was also the Legacy Heritage Rabbinic Fellow at Congregation Ahavath Israel in Kingston, NY, where she served as the community's rabbi. As a chaplain at Bellevue Hospital and Jewish Home Lifecare, she received extensive training in pastoral care.

Prior to entering rabbinical school, Rabbi Schlosberg worked for Hillel as a Jewish outreach professional at Miami University in Ohio and UC-Santa Barbara and then at Hillel's Schusterman International Center in Washington, DC. In addition to her advocacy for the LGBT community, she is a special needs advocate, having conducted prayer services for people who are blind, deaf or hearing impaired.

Rabbi Schlosberg aims to build relationships with community members of all ages and incorporate the richness of the Jewish tradition into their lives in ways that speak to them most deeply and personally. An engaging spiritual leader for learners of all ages, Rabbi Schlosberg also holds an M.A. in Jewish Education from JTS. She was the first recipient of the Outstanding Alumni Award of the Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at her undergraduate alma mater, the University of Hartford. In her spare time, you can often find her with her children and sometimes at a yoga class.

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