Our Clergy

Rabbi Rona Shapiro

Rabbi Rona Shapiro began tenure as the spiritual leader of Congregation B’nai Jacob in 2013. Prior to that she lived in Cleveland where she served for four years as the rabbi of Congregation Bethaynu and for two years as a rabbi at B’nai Jeshurun Congregation after Bethaynu merged with B’nai Jeshurun. In her work in the pulpit she was known for her outstanding sermons, her caring pastoral presence, and her innovative programing.


Before that, she served as Senior Associate of Ma'yan: the Jewish Women's Project in New York (2000-2007) and Executive Director of Berkeley Hillel (1990-2000).


Rabbi Shapiro was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1990, among the early women graduates. She has written and published numerous articles, is the founding editor of the website, ritualwell.org, and a graduate of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. Rabbi Shapiro spent two years studying in Israel at the Pardes Institute prior to her ordination. She received her BA, Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude, from Harvard University. Rabbi Shapiro's interests include spirituality, ritual, text study, spiritual parenting, hiking, biking, and cooking. She is married to David Franklin and they are parents of two daughters, Noa and Hallel.


Rabbi Shapiro can be reached by phone 203-389-2111 x211, or email rabbishapiro@bnaijacob.org.


Rabbi Shapiro's Sermons

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Rabbi Shapiro's Blog

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Malachi Kanfer

Baritone Malachi Kanfer is in his second year of the H.L. Miller Cantorial School at the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS). He graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 2012, where he performed many operatic roles in both Oberlin and in Italy. He has served as the High Holidays Hazzan at Congregation Agudas Achim in Columbus, Ohio since 2010. Malachi lives in New York City with his dog, James.

Malachi will be spending all Holidays and Shabbatot with us in addition to spending one day a week helping work with our religious school students, developing a greater musical experience and helping coordinate ritual acitivities at B'nai Jacob.  


Malachi singing Oseh Shalom

Cantor Emeritus Joshua Konigsberg

Cantor Joshua Konigsberg studied music and musicology at the Manhattan School of Music and the University of Minnesota, and voice and chazzanut with his father, Cantor Jacob Konigsberg.  As conductor, pianist, organist and vocalist, he has served in synagogues, concertized in Jewish and secular music, performed in opera and musical theatre and in recordings. [ more ]

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