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 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.
Cindy Terebush was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree and teaching certification from Kean College (now Kean University) and has completed the State of New Jersey Director’s Academy for Early Care and Education. Her credentials include New Jersey Teacher Certification through 12th grade. Cindy is also a Certified Youth, Parent, Family Coach. She has additional course work in such topics as special needs; classroom management; educational theory; program management & thematic curriculum; creating positive environments; math and cognitive for pre-school; health and safety; and excellence for parents. She also has business management experience in the field of marketing.
Cindy has worked in the field of education for more than seventeen years. She is a member of National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and is currently servicing as President of the local Shore Affiliate NJAEYC Board. She is a member of other professional organizations including Early Childhood Educators of Reform Judaism (ECE-RJ) and the Association of Reform Jewish Educators (ARJE -formerly NATE).
Cindy is a PINJ (New Jersey Registry) approved Instructor of Adults specializing in the areas of cognitive development, positive guidance & discipline, curriculum development, developmentally appropriate practice and best practice. Cindy was an online reporter for “The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back From The Brink” and is author of the popular blog “Helping Kids & Families Achieve with Cindy Terebush.” She is a Noodle Education Expert contributing articles to Noodle.com, an education website for students and parents. Cindy is currently under contract with WW Norton Publishing to write a book for educators about appropriate expectations of preschoolers. She is often a featured speaker at professional conferences and during various in-service, parent workshop & adult education programs.
A member of Temple Shalom since 2001, she is former editor of The Shalom, the temple newsletter, and also served on board of trustees, the communications committee, board of education, sisterhood board and nursery school committee.
Cindy lives in Old Bridge with husband Todd and their two sons, Michael and Scott.