Celebrating 130 years of Jewish life and learning!
Rabbi Ben Goldberg became a rabbi in order to share the transformational power of Jewish living and learning with contemporary Jews. He is passionate about making the depths of Jewish tradition speak to contemporary realities, and building purpose-driven spiritual community.
Rabbi Goldberg was ordained in 2018 by the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he also received an MA in Midrash (Jewish scriptural interpretation). He received the Bernard and Sydell Citron Scholastic Prize (for an outstanding graduate of JTS), the Rabbi Joel Roth Prize in Rabbinics, and the Cyrus Adler Prize (for the outstanding student entering the graduating class) from JTS.
During rabbinical school, Rabbi Goldberg served as the Student Rabbi at Beth El Synagogue in Woodbury, CT and as Rabbinic Intern at Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains, NJ. He interned at Rutgers Hillel, T'ruah (a rabbinic human rights organization), and Hillel International. He completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at Lankenau Medical Center near Philadelphia and spent two amazing summers directing Hebrew-language musicals at Camp Ramah in the Poconos. So whether your interest is in scripture, spiritual support, or singing, Rabbi Goldberg aims to connect with everyone in our community and beyond.
Born and raised near Philadelphia, Rabbi Goldberg is a graduate of Northwestern University, where he earned a degree in history and Jewish studies. Before enrolling at JTS, he studied for a year at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem. He lives in Port Chester with his husband Daniel Olson, a Jewish educator.
Cantor Alexis Sklar has been touching hearts with music since she was three years old and was a dedicated member of her synagogue's youth choir as a child. A native of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, she is a graduate of the H.L. Miller Cantorial School of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, where she received a master's in Sacred Music and investiture as Hazzan. She also previously attained two B.A. Degrees (Mathematics-Economics from Columbia and Jewish Music from List College, the undergraduate school of JTS).
During her time in Cantorial School, Cantor Sklar served as the High Holiday Cantor at Congregation B’nai Zion in Chattanooga, TN and as Student Cantor at Beth Jacob Synagogue in Norwich, CT. She taught B’nai Mitzvah at Temple Shaaray Tefila in NYC, and she also worked as a chaplain in a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
Since coming to KTI in August of 2010, Cantor Sklar has revitalized music in the Religious School, enchanted our Early Childhood Program students with her song-sessions, and engaged congregants of all ages at our worship services and special events. She now directs our Religious School with the same patience, grace, and energy she gives to each song and prayer.
Cantor Sklar lives in Port Chester with her husband Andrew, their children Sophie & Jack, and their cat Newton.
Cantor Sklar is passionate about teaching newbies to chant Torah and Haftarah or to lead the congregation in prayer. If you are interested in learning these important skills, please let her know.