A Message From Temple Shalom

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Our Clergy

Rabbi Mark Lipson received his B.A. from Hartt College of Music in 1973.  He then continued his studies at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.  There he received the Dr. Joseph Freundenthal Award, the Lawrence Avery Award and the Abraham Binder Memorial Award.  He was invested as Cantor in 1978.  He continued his studies leading to a Rabbinical Ordination.  Following 22 years as Cantor at Temple Shalom in Norwalk, Connecticut, he was elected as Rabbi of the congregation in 1995.  In 2003 Rabbi Lipson received an Honorary Doctorate from Hebrew Union College for his years of contribution to the welfare of the Jewish community and Reform Judaism.

Rabbi Lipson has served on the Executive Board of the American Conference of Cantors and the American Reform Zionist Association.  He is a past president of the Hebrew Union College School of Sacred Music Alumni Association.  He served as an executive officer of the United Jewish Federation, served on the Chaplain's Advisory Committee of Sacred Heart University, and co-chaired the committee for the creation of the development of the Teachers Development Workshop for the synagogues and temples in Westport, Weston, Wilton and Norwalk.

He has produced musical scores for PBS, two ABC television movies and a permanent multimedia theater for the Baltimore Harbor Association.  Previously, one of his works was performed by the Buffalo Philharmonic.   Rabbi Lipson is also well known as a Jewish composer.  His liturgical compositions can be heard in synagogues throughout North America and have been published by Transcontinental Music. Click here to email Rabbi Lipson.

   

Cantor Shirah Sklar pursued a career in Jewish leadership from a very young age and continues a family tradition of music and leadership in the synagogue at Temple Shalom. She graduated from Washington University in St.Louis with a B.A. in Jewish and Near Eastern Studies and a minor in music.Cantor Sklar earned a Master’s of Sacred Music and was invested as a cantor through the Hebrew Union College in 2005. As a cantorial soloist and student cantor she served congregations in St. Louis, Mo, Jerusalem, Israel, Fort Worth, Tx and here at Temple Shalom.Cantor Sklar has been a featured vocalist in concerts since her childhood and has performed in this community and across the United States and Israel. 

Cantor Sklar served Temple Shalom as cantorial intern since 2001 and was elected as full-time cantor of the synagogue in 2005 upon her ordination. Cantor Sklar is active in every facet of life at Temple Shalom, and pursues involvement in interfaith and social justice work in the community through Temple Shalom's partnership with CONECT- Congregations Organized for a New Connecticut. She particularly cherishes the close relationships that she has been able to form with congregants over her years at Temple Shalom and thoroughly enjoys the positive and productive collaboration we have at Temple Shalom among our clergy, staff, and lay leadership. Cantor Sklar is passionate and committed to providing enriching experiences through worship, music, learning and social action that foster a deep and meaningful connection to Judaism for our congregants of all ages. She resides in Westport with her husband, Rabbi/Cantor Dan Sklar and their three children, Ari, Isaac and Jonah.

   

Assistant Rabbi Jason Greenberg grew up in Newington, CT. As a teenager he loved singing, acting, playing the guitar, and actively participating in his synagogue’s youth group. In the years that followed, Jason earned a BS in Business Management with a minor in Spanish from The Ohio State University, and worked for nearly ten years before attending rabbinical school. Over that time Jason gained valuable work experience in the areas of community building, non-profit management, and social work with a concentration on children and adolescents.

In 2008-09, Jason spent a year in Israel participating in Young Judea’s WUJS program (World Union of Jewish Students) and studying at The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. When he returned from Israel, Jason spent a summer partaking in Middlebury College’s Hebrew Intensive Program. These experiences verified Jason’s desire to become a rabbi, and in the fall of 2009 he enrolled at The Academy for Jewish Religion, a pluralistic, non-denominational seminary in Yonkers, NY.

Over the next eight years while working toward rabbinic ordination and a Master of Arts in Jewish Studies at AJR, Jason continued to develop professionally in the field.  This development included a two-year rabbinic internship at Sinai Free Synagogue in Mount Vernon NY, two years as a b’nai mitzvah officiant and tutor at Temple Beth Elohim in Brewster NY, and four years as the Director of Education at Temple Beth El in Monroe NY. Jason has a multi-talented partner, Traci, who is an elementary school music teacher, and an adorable son, Jonah, who is surprisingly articulate for his age! In his free time, Jason loves fishing, history, astronomy, tallit making, home renovation projects, and playing chess.