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CAI's Rabbinic leadership






Rabbi Alan Silverstein, PhD 
Rabbi Alan Silverstein, PhD, religious leader of Agudath Israel since 1979, received a BA, from Cornell University and an MA from Columbia University. He earned a Masters of Hebrew letters in Rabbinics from the Jewish Theological Seminary JTS of America and a PhD in Jewish history from its Graduate School as well as ordination from the JTS Rabbinical School. Rabbi Silverstein’s leadership roles have included serving as Vice President of the National Council of Synagogues; President of the West Essex Clergy Association; President of the MetroWest Board of Rabbis and of the Rabbinical Assembly’s New Jersey Region; President of the New Jersey Coalition of Religious Leaders; and as a member of the National Rabbinic Cabinet of the United Jewish Appeal. From 1993 to 1995 he was President of the International Rabbinical Assembly of the Conservative Movement. From 2000 - 2005 he was President of the World Council of Conservative /Masorti Synagogues. Since 2010 has served as Chair of the Masorti Israel Foundation. A nationally renowned lecturer, Rabbi Silverstein has written numerous articles and booklets on intermarriage, conversion and the Arab-Israel conflict. He is the author of Alternatives to Assimilation: The Response of Reform Judaism to American Culture, 1840-1930, It All Begins With A Date: Jewish Concerns About Intermarriage and Preserving Judaism in Your Family After Intermarriage Has Occurred.

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Rabbi Ari Lucas - Associate Rabbi

Rabbi Ari Lucas joined Congregation Agudath Israel as its associate rabbi in 2018. He is passionate about deep Jewish learning and practice and is enthusiastic about building jewish community one relationship at a time.

Born in Ventnor, NJ and raised in Roslyn, NY, Rabbi Ari Lucas received his rabbinic ordination in 2012 from the Jewish Theological Seminary in addition to earning as M.A. in Talmud and Rabbinics. Rabbi Lucas graduated magna cum laude from Brown University, receiving a B.A. in International Relations. While at Brown, he served with distinction as Bruno the Bear - the university mascot. Ari is also an alumnus of Solomon Schechter High School of Long Island and Camp Ramah in the Poconos where he was a camper for eight summers, a staff member for three, and spent an additional five summers on staff of Ramah Israel Seminar. After college, he worked in Congressional poltics - first for Congressman Steve Israel (NY-02) in New York and then for Senator Chuck Schumer (NY) in Washington, DC.

Rabbi Lucas and his wife, Talya, currently live in West Caldwell, NJ with their three children - Gideon, Shalev, and Reya.

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November 14,2018 /  6 Kislev 5779