Rabbi Laurence P. Malinger was born in Philadelphia and raised in Florida, Virginia and Texas. He graduated from Southern Methodist University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics in 1987. He completed graduate work at Trinity University in Master of Education with School Psychology in 1988. In 1991, Rabbi Malinger completed his unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at the Children’s Medical Center in Dallas. He received his Masters of Arts in Hebrew Letters degree and was ordained Rabbi in 1992 and 1993 respectively, from the Hebrew Union College, Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati, Ohio. Upon ordination in 1993, Rabbi Malinger became Assistant Rabbi and Director of Education at Congregation Beth Emeth in Wilmington, Delaware. He was promoted to Associate Rabbi in July, 1997. In June of 1999 Rabbi Malinger was elected as senior Rabbi of Temple Shalom of Aberdeen, New Jersey.
He is a member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR), the New Jersey-West Hudson Valley Association of Reform Rabbis (NJWHVARR), and the Bayshore Ministerium. He is also involved as a member of the CCAR Committee on Accessibility and Inclusion, serves as regional clergy for NFTY-GER, serves as a member of the advisory committee for URJ Camp Harlam, and he is involved in the Campaign for Youth Engagement with the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ).
Rabbi Malinger has been involved in many civic activities in New Jersey including Garden State Equality, serves as a rabbinic advisor for the Jewish Addiction Resource (JAR) of the Jewish Federation of Monmouth County, and he is a member of the Matawan Husky Football Boosters. Rabbi Malinger is married to Samantha Jablo Malinger, a MSW with a specialty in geriatrics. They are the proud parents of Aly, Joe and David.
Cantor Sarah Zemel
Cantor Sarah A. Zemel’s passion for Cantorial music and Jewish music of all types was sparked during her studies at the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, from which she earned her Masters in Sacred Music and was ordained as a Cantor in May, 1998. A native of Commack, New York, Cantor Zemel attended Duke University, from which she graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in Religion and a certificate in Judaic studies. A member of both the Cantors Assembly and the American Conference of Cantors, she has served congregations in Westchester, Long Island, and New Jersey. She has been a featured performer of traditional Cantorial music, Yiddish, Ladino, Israeli folk and art songs, and American Theater songs in a variety of settings. She studied conducting in a summer course at the Westminster Choir College, and recently taught a semester-long choir class to Cantorial students class at the Academy for Jewish Religion. Cantor Zemel is an active member of Kol Hazzanim: Westchester Community of Cantors (her local Cantors group). She continues to study voice with Jane Olian in NYC, and also enjoys playing the violin in the St. Thomas Orchestra. She currently teaches B’nei Mitzvah students in Scarsdale and Chappaqua. Cantor Zemel lives in New Rochelle, NY with her husband Marc, and children Avital, Eitan, and Eliana.
Elyse Everett, Director of the ELC
Elyse brings over 20 years of preschool experience to Temple Shalom’s Early Learning Center. For the last 12 years, she has worked as the Assistant Director of Temple Emanu-El’s Early Childhood Program in Westfield, NJ. Prior to Emanu-El, Elyse taught in the classroom with a multitude of preschool ages, was Acting Director and Admissions Director of The Weekday School at the Riverside Church, and worked for 2 non-profit organizations (The Thirdpath and The Children’s Rights Council) advocating for the rights of children and families. Elyse received a Master’s of Science in Early Childhood and Elementary Education with an additional certification in administration and policy from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in human development and family studies from Cornell University. She is a member of the Union of Reform Jewish Early Childhood Directors and the New Jersey Kenyon Chapter and National Association for the Education for Young Children. Elyse, her husband Scott, and three children make their home in Westfield, NJ.
Robin Sorrentino, Head Teacher
Robin is thrilled to be teaching at the Early Learning Center at Temple Shalom this school year! She is passionate about children and learning through play, nature, and real life experiences. She is a certified teacher with a masters degree in early childhood and elementary education. Robin has taught young children in an alternative, child led, project based setting for the many years, both as a head teacher and an assistant teacher. She also leads nature play classes for young children.
When she is not exploring and playing in nature, Robin enjoys spending time with her two children, reading, hiking, traveling to national parks, visiting museums, and cuddling with her three cats.
Gale Conti, Administrative Assistant
In 2010, Gale Conti joined the staff in the position of School Administrative Assistant. Gale spent many years working as a Teacher Assistant in our Early Learning Center before assuming this role. When Gale isn’t in her office keeping track of the records for all of our schools, she is ensuring that our teachers, staff and students have everything they need in our classrooms. When people need school related items, they can often be heard saying, “Check with Gale. She will know.”
Ronit Horowitz, Music Specialist
Ronit Horowitz is thrilled to be sharing her passion for music with the students at Temple Shalom! Ronit started taking voice lessons at the age of eight and has been been singing ever since. As a professional actress, Ronit has performed in musicals all over the country. She currently teaches voice and also serves as a public speaking vocal coach for business executives. Ronit graduated with honors from The University of Michigan, with a B.F.A in Musical Theater. Ronit and her husband, Hayden, live in Westfield, NJ with their three children.