Rabbi Jordan Goldson recently assumed his position as the spiritual leader of Har Sinai Temple. Rabbi Goldson’s spirituality and his gentle caring manner have already endeared him to our community. He is known for his creativity and visionary leadership in the Jewish community. In addition to leading services, Rabbi Jordan is a strong presence in almost every aspect of congregational life. He teaches both children and adults, participates on committees, counsels, and conducts life-cycle events. Rabbi Jordan is also active in the wider community and enjoys working with other clergy and laypeople to make our world a better place.
Rabbi Goldson grew up in Smithtown, New York. After earning a B.A. in Philosophy from Tulane University in 1981, he studied at the Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem, in Los Angeles and in New York where he was ordained in 1987. Rabbi Goldson’s first pulpit was at Temple B’nai Tikvah in Calgary, Canada where he served for 12 years. During that time he served as the President of the Canadian Region of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and the Chairman of the Calgary Rabbinical Council. From 2000-2004, Rabbi Jordan left the pulpit and took a position as the Executive Director of the Hillel-Jewish Student Center at Cal State Northridge (CSUN). In 2004, he returned to the pulpit and served for five years at Temple Kol Ami in Scottsdale, Arizona, and eleven years at Congregation B’nai Israel in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Rabbi Jordan is married to Beth and is the proud father of two grown children, Tali and Gabe. Rabbi and Beth are thrilled to be a part of the Har Sinai family and look forward to sharing in the lives of people in this wonderful community.
Our Cantor/Director of Education
Cantor Orna Green is the newest member of our clergy. While Orna may be new, she has already found a home within our community. In addition to leading our Congregation in the chanting and singing of prayers during our services, she works with our b’nei mitzvah students to master trope and their Hebrew and in learning their Torah and Haftorah portions. She also works with our adult volunteer choir for special services and celebrations and has a very impactful role in our Temple.
A native Israeli, Cantor Green has a Master’s Degree in Sacred Music from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music. During her time at the school, she was the recipient of awards for Excellence in Cantorial Studies, Nusach, and Cantillation as well as the Benjamin & Molly Borowitz Memorial Prize in Jewish Religious Thought. Cantor Green also holds a degree in Biology and Animal Behavior from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Cantor Green has served as cantor at several congregations in New York and New Jersey, where she has taught Music, Judaica, and Hebrew to hundreds of children. She has also taught Modern and Biblical Hebrew to adults at the Hebrew Union College, the New York Kollel, and the Ulpan sponsored by UJA-Federation of Northern New Jersey.
Additionally, Cantor Green has served on the faculty of the Nitzanim Israeli Hebrew School, Bergen Academy for Reform Judaism, the Teacher Development Center of the UJA-Federation, and is currently on the faculty of the Bergen County High School for Jewish Studies. She also officiated as the Cantor of Cedar Lake Camp, an NJY camp for children ages 12-14 for 5 summers.
As a product of the Israeli Movement for Progressive Judaism, Cantor Green combines her knowledge of Hebrew, her familiarity with Reform Judaism, her love of Israel and Judaism, and her music expertise into an experience that makes worship and study come alive.
Cantor Green currently lives in New Jersey with her husband Warren and their twin daughters, Noam and Liel.