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Maintaining strong and well-trained lay leadership in both religious and administrative areas is a direct result of the dedication and passion of our professional and lay leaders and staff. Strong leadership builds a strong Community.

Meet Our Clergy


Hasidic tradition notes that 600,000 Israelites took part in the Exodus from Egypt and also that the text of the Torah contains approximately 600,000 individual letters.  The rebbes interpret this seeming coincidence to mean that just as a Torah scroll is not kosher if even a single letter is missing, so too, the Jewish people is incomplete if even a single soul goes unnoticed.

Rabbi Eric Rosin has dedicated his rabbinate to noticing every member of each community he has served.  He is currently completing his seventh year as the Rabbi of Neve Shalom in Metuchen, New Jersey.  Previously, he served Kesher Israel Congregation in West Chester, Pennsylvania.  He loves the opportunity to  work with various demographic and interest groups and to craft sacred communities that serve them all.

Rabbi Rosin’s life has always been imbued with a love of the Jewish tradition:  of Jewish texts, prayers, culture, history and most of all community.  It inspired him to lead his peers as a teenager, to earn a degree in Judaic Studies as an undergraduate at Yale and, after a foray into the practice of law, to Rabbinic School at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies.  At the Ziegler school, Rabbi Rosin took to heart the often-repeated notion that the central calling of the rabbinate is to mediate the texts of our tradition and to make them personally meaningful to everyone who encounters them.

Among the numerous energizing facets of the rabbinate, Rabbi Rosin remains inspired and engaged by the endless opportunities to continue learning.  Through his involvement with his colleagues in the Rabbinical Assembly and at the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, his exploration of Mussar, his personal prayer practice and his appreciation for the profusion of emergent musicians creating new liturgical styles, he is continually discovering insights, practices and stories that engage those around him in thoughtful and joyful Jewish lives.

When he is not at the synagogue, Rabbi Rosin is deeply grateful for the time he spends with his wife and son.


Hazzan Sheldon Levin is well known as a cantor, conductor and educator. From 2001 until 2003 he served as the President of the Cantors Assembly. For twenty-five years, he was the cantor and educational director for two congregations in Philadelphia.

Since  1999, he has been the hazzan at Neve  Shalom in Metuchen, where  he also is the Adult Education Director and directs the  Hebrew School. Under his direction the Neve Shalom Adult  Education program was honored with the Gold Solomon Schechter Award by United Synagogue nationally for its performing arts programming and the Hebrew School accredited with Framework For Excellence.

He has edited seven books on Jewish music and education and recently edited Torah and Haftarah books for bar and Bat Mitzvah students for every Shabbat of the year. Hazzan Levin holds degrees in Opera, Voice, Hebrew and a Masters Degree in Choral Conducting and was granted Doctor of Music honoris causa from the Jewish Theological Seminary. Together with Anna West Ott, he formed a new Jewish Community Choir which meets in Highland Park and he also directs the NJ Cantors Choir. Prior to coming to NJ, he directed the Arbel Chorale in Philadelphia for eighteen years and for many summers has been on the staff of the North American Jewish Choral Festival. He has also spent several summers as music or prayer director at Camp Ramah in the Poconos and for twenty-one years he taught at the Solomon Schechter Day School in Philadelphia. When asked, he helps with the seniors at the JCC to perform, teach or lead the Seder. He regularly volunteers to lead services at Whispering Knolls. 

His cantorial teachers include Joseph Levine and Max Wolberg, for whom he edited a book of congregational melodies. Many of Hazzan Levin’s choral arrangements are published and sung by Jewish choirs throughout the country. He has written choral settings for composers including Debbie Friedman, Craig Taubman and many Israelis.

He was presented with the “Ateret Kavod” award by United Synagogue of the Delaware Valley. Together with his wife, Nita Polay Levin, they were honored by Israel Bonds with the “Crown of Jerusalem” award. He was recently honored at Neve Shalom with a special concert and reception highlighting his years there entitled “Levin@11.” On April 4, 2016 he will receive the Cantorial Award for Scholarship and Creativity the highest honor given by the Cantors Assembly.


Rabbi Gerald L. Zelizer came to Congregation Neve Shalom, Metuchen, New Jersey in 1970 and served as the Congregation's rabbi for 45 years until 2015. Under Rabbi Zelizer’s leadership Neve Shalom has merged with two congregations. Since Rabbi Zelizer arrived at Neve Shalom, his Adult Education classes, participatory services, and relationship to the youth have been commended for their excellence.

A fourth generation rabbi, born in Columbus, Ohio (1938), he was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America where he also received a Masters in Hebrew Literature (1964). Rabbi Zelizer writes op/ed essays for USA TODAY where he has written over 70 essays on matters of religion and American society, including the topics such as religion and the media; His op/ed essays on religion and popular culture also appear regularly in the Newark Star Ledger. Other of his writings have been published in many journals and newspapers, including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune, and major Jewish publications, including Judaism, The Jewish Spectator, The Reconstructionist and Conservative Judaism.  Rabbi Zelizer is currently instructor of homiletics of the senior class at the Jewish Theological Seminary. From 1992 to 1994 Rabbi Zelizer served as President of the International Rabbinical Assembly. From 1994-1999 he served on the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards, which formulates religious policy for the Conservative Movement.   Since 2000 he has been a member of the Ethics Committee of the RA.

In 1980, Rabbi Zelizer established the Jewish Family Service of Middlesex County. From 1995 to the present, he has been a member of the New Jersey Committee for a moratorium on the death penalty, served on its Executive Committee, and interacted with the Governor and legislative leadership to achieve a moratorium in 2006. In 1999, he was appointed to the Coalition of Religious Leaders of New Jersey, which crafts public positions on social issues and dialogues with New Jersey’s Governor and Senators on matters of public policy. In 2006, the United Synagogue of New Jersey bestowed upon him the Keter Torah Leadership Award for distinguished rabbinic service.

Prior to his arrival in Metuchen, he served as Rabbi of Congregation Beth El in Buenos Aires, Argentina (1964-1966), and Temple Israel in Union, NJ (1966-1969). (His wife Viviana, is a Professor of Sociology at Princeton University, and their son Julian E. Zelizer, is Professor of American History and Public Policy at Princeton University.) Julian is married to Meg Jacobs, Associate Professor History at MIT. Julian has two children, a daughter, Sophia Miriam, born June 1, 2002, and a son, Nathan Solomon, born on December 26, 2003; Meg has two children, Abigail, born June 8, 2001; and Claire born February 19, 2004.

Rabbi Zelizer's selected sermons, op/ed pieces, and schedule of upcoming classes are available on his website at

Board of Directors

If you wish to contact any of the board members, please send an email request to:


Harold S Geller


Alan Stern – Ritual
Mike Seidner – House
Melissa Boxer – Education
Jeff Schulman - Development                                              Rena Kallman - Membership


Mel Thor

Financial Secretary

Ira Grubman

Recording Secretary

Craig Koster

Board Two-Year Term 2021-2023

Ron Anes
Fran Cohen                                                                            
Lawrence Dombrow

Etan Goldberg
Heidi Haiken                                                                         Stuart Shlossman
Eric Teboul

Board 2021-2022

Steve Alter
Judi Harrison
Susan Kashan
Diana McCabe
Michele Rosenfield
Marvin Rubinstein
Cory Schneider
Marc Sessler
Lisa Spiegel                                                                        Sandy Wunder

Men's Club President

Dan Hirsch

Sisterhood President

Jennifer Bullock

Nominating Committee 2021-2023

Steve Alter

Ken Braverman

Andrea Colby, chairperson

Christina Daniels

Jamie Grubman

Steve Nagel

Barbara Spack

Sat, May 21 2022 20 Iyyar 5782