Rabbi Daniel Schweber
Rabbi Daniel Schweber is dedicated to making Judaism meaningful and approachable to all. Since becoming Shaarei Tikvah’s spiritual leader in July 2009 he has introduced new programs for families as well as innovations to services and holiday celebrations, while carrying on our rich tradition of learning.
Rabbi Schweber previously served as the first rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel in Andover, Mass., where he helped grow membership, attract young families and establish a thriving adult education program.
Before that, he was assistant rabbi at Congregation Sons of Israel in Briarcliff Manor, NY and a teacher of Rabbinics at the Solomon Schechter School of Westchester. Rabbi Schweber graduated from the Jewish Theological Seminary Rabbinical School in 2004 and received his B.A. with distinction from the University of Michigan in Religion and Judaic Studies.
Rabbi Daniel Schweber is a native of the Upper West Side of Manhattan and went to high school in Princeton, New Jersey. He grew up in the Conservative Movement, participating in USY and spending fourteen summers at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires as a camper and staff member.
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Cantor Gerald Cohen
Gerald Cohen is a cantor, teacher and composer whose life and work are infused with love of music, Judaism and family. He has been Cantor at Shaarei Tikvah (and one of its predecessor congregations) since 1987 and adds a rich musical dimension to our community, with annual concerts and the introduction of his beautiful new melodies for traditional prayers. Cantor Cohen also serves on the faculty of the H.L. Miller Cantorial School of the Jewish Theological Seminary and also has taught so many in our own community as they learn to read Torah, Haftorah and lead prayer. He received his B.A. in music from Yale University, and his doctorate in music composition from Columbia University.
Cantor Cohen has earned distinction as a composer of both concert and liturgical music. His compositions are published by Oxford University Press and Transcontinental Music Publications. A CD of his compositions, entitled Generations, is on the Composers Recordings, Inc. label, and includes solo vocal music sung by the composer (including his well-known setting of Psalm 23); Vhigadta Lvincha, a Passover cantata for children’s or adult chorus; and several works of chamber music.
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Educational Director, Anna and Louis Shereff Religious School
Ronit brings her passion and engagement in Lifelong Learning to her teaching with her unique creativity, energy and warmth to our school. She instills in our children a love of Judaism and sense of community, while making Jewish learning fun. Ronit has led Shaarei Tikvah’s religious school and that of a predecessor congregation since 1996.
Born in Netanya, Israel, the daughter of Turkish immigrants, Ronit began teaching in the army at age 18, where she was responsible for a group of soldiers who had never finished school, including immigrants from broken families. Following her military service, she completed her educational training at Seminar Hakibbutzim in Tel Aviv and taught grades three, four, and five in Netanya. (Ronit’s eldest son is now serving in the Israeli military).
After moving to the US, Ronit taught nursery school at the JCC in Binghamton, NY and then she taught at the Solomon Schechter School of Westchester for many years. She is now the Hebrew Coordinator at Westchester Hebrew High school in Mamaroneck, New York.
Ronit feels blessed to work with the enthusiastic and devoted teachers and parents at Shaarei Tikvah. “I get so much warmth every day from the students, parents and teachers. This is my community. It’s not just a place to work, but it’s a home away from home.”
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Melanie Piha has been at Shaarei Tikvah since 2006. Raised and educated in Zimbabwe and South Africa, she has been living in the United States for 18 years. Having also lived in Israel, as well as Turkey and Italy, she brings a broad and diplomatic perspective to her diverse responsibilities at the synagogue.
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Religious School Administrative Assistant
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