For 29 years Rabbi Gershon has served pulpits as congregational rabbi in Michigan, Minneapolis and most recently Dallas, at one of the Conservative movement’s flagship congregations. Most of Rabbi Gershon’s career has been devoted to education and engagement with a long track record of creating innovative educational models and programs that address the needs and spiritual yearnings of a wide range of ages. He has built his career on cultivating deep, meaningful and long-lasting relationships, creating and sharing powerful and intimate spiritual moments and going beyond the walls of the synagogue to engage Jews wherever they may be geographically, emotionally and spiritually.
Rabbi Gershon is a past President of the Rabbinical Assembly, the international organization of Conservative/Masorti Rabbis and continues to serve on its Executive Council. Rabbi Gershon has served on the Boards of Directors or Advisory Leadership Committees of many major Jewish organizations including National Council of AIPAC, The Jewish Theological Seminary, Council of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations. He has been honored in the past by the State of Israel Bonds with The Israel Freedom Award, the UJA Rabbinic Cabinet with the Rabbinic Leadership Award and been awarded the Solomon Schechter Award in Family Education. Rabbi Gershon is a graduate of the Joint Program of Columbia University and The Jewish Theological Seminary, where he graduated with honors. He also earned a Masters of Arts in Jewish Studies and received his Rabbinic Ordination and most recently an Honorary Doctorate from JTS.
In his own words, he states, “My style of leadership is one of collaboration and team building with an emphasis on maximizing compelling Jewish experiences, meaningful learning and spiritual growth in both traditional and non-traditional settings.”
Rabbi William Gershon
Cantor Greenberg began serving as Congregation B’nai Israel’s full-time Cantor in July 2020. He also served as CBI’s Cantorial Intern during his last year of Cantorial Studies (September 2019-June 2020).
Cantor Greenberg completed his undergraduate studies at the Hartt School of Music (University of Hartford) where he earned a Bachelor of Music in classical voice and studied Hazzanut (cantorial music) with Cantor Sanford Cohn. During his college career, Cantor Greenberg was a Hillel board member, a Resident Assistant, and was involved in several other organizations on campus.
He then received his Cantorial Ordination and Master of Sacred Music at the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he also had the opportunity to work as the Cantorial School admissions intern, a Nishma summer fellow, and President of the Cantorial Student Association.
In addition to interning with CBI as a student, Cantor Greenberg also worked with the following institutions/organizations: Congregation B’nai Tikvah in North Brunswick, NJ (summer student rabbi); Rutgers Hillel (clergy intern); Congregation Etz Hayim in Arlington, VA (High Holiday Hazzan and Hazzan-in-residence); Congregation Beth El in Bethesda, MD (cantorial intern); and Johns Hopkins Medicine (Chaplaincy Intern).
Cantor Greenberg is a faithful Baltimore sports fan and a die-hard Duke basketball supporter. He loves to swim, cycle, and play basketball and soccer. He is also an avid reader and his favorite TV show is The Office.
He hopes you will join him for services, programming of a wide variety, and all that this amazing community in Toms River has to offer!
Cantor Jake Greenberg
Together Rabbi Gershon and Cantor Greenberg have already begun to make a huge difference at CBI. Rabbi's sermons are inspiring, intellectual and honest. Meanwhile Cantor brings vocal talent, energy and a smile as bright as his faith. The two are bound to bring an education to CBI that any Conservative Jewish family would be proud to be a part of. With this Klei Kodesh, CBI has a future that is undeniably bright and strong!