Clergy and Professional Staff
Senior Rabbi Alan B. Lucas
Rabbi Alan B. Lucas was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and is a graduate Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa of the University of Cincinnati. He attended the Jewish Theological Seminary receiving his Master of Arts in Judaica in 1976 and Rabbinic Ordination in 1978. For three years Rabbi Lucas served as the Assistant Rabbi to Rabbi Irwin Groner of Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Southfield, Michigan. From 1981- 1994, he served as the Rabbi of Congregation Beth Judah in Ventnor, New Jersey guiding its development and growth. Rabbi Lucas became the Senior Rabbi of Temple Beth Sholom of Roslyn Heights, New York in August of 1994.
Temple Beth Sholom is a synagogue that is known for its warmth, active membership, extensive educational offerings, creative programming and family orientation.
Over the years, Rabbi Lucas has been extensively involved in the community including serving as President of the South Jersey Board of Rabbis, Interfaith Area Clergy and sitting on the Board of Directors of numerous agencies including UJC Rabbinic Cabinet and the Chancellor's Rabbinic Cabinet of the Jewish Theological Seminary. He is a member of the Board of MERCAZ, the Zionist arm of the Conservative movement and was recently reappointed to the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards of the Conservative Movement where in 1997 he published a paper on "Tattooing and Body Piercing" for the Movement.
Rabbi Lucas has also maintained special involvement in the United Synagogue Youth programs and Camp Ramah. Temple Beth Sholom is a model Conservative synagogue with 800+ families.
Associate Rabbi Paul D. Kerbel
Rabbi Paul Kerbel joins our rabbinic staff bringing thirty years of congregational experience to Temple Beth Sholom. Born in Philadelphia but raised in several Jewish communities, Rabbi Kerbel joins our TBS family after serving four very different congregations: Nevey Shalom, Bowie, Maryland; B’nai Jeshurun Congregation in Cleveland, Ohio; Congregation Beth Israel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and most recently, as Associate Rabbi of Congregation Etz Chaim in Marietta, Georgia.
At Etz Chaim for twelve years, Rabbi Kerbel developed and coordinated the congregation’s adult learning program, oversaw all synagogue programming, created a Family Service for the High Holy Days and supervised the religious school and youth directors. Rabbi Kerbel played a significant role in the Atlanta Jewish community serving as an officer and later President of the Atlanta Rabbinical Association where he developed professional development and Jewish study programs for the Rabbinic community. Rabbi Kerbel served on the Board of Trustees, Campaign Cabinet and numerous committees and task forces of the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta. Rabbi Kerbel also serves on the Rabbinic Cabinet of Jewish Federations of North America, the Board of Trustees of the Masorti Foundation for Conservative Judaism in Israel and the AIPAC and Israel Bonds Rabbinic Cabinets.
Rabbi Kerbel looks forward to meeting our members and becoming an integral part of the TBS community and helping us bring our message of a vibrant, meaningful, spiritual Judaism to the larger community and helping them feel comfortable in our congregation.
Rabbi Kerbel received the Isaac H. Wolfson Award for service to the Jewish Theological Seminary and the Gerald H. Cohen Award of the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta. Rabbi Kerbel received a Doctor of Divinity Honorary Degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2011.
Rabbi Kerbel and his wife Melissa a Jewish communal professional, are the parents of Sam and Aliza, Judah and Micha. Melissa grew up in Jamaica Estates. Sam is a graduate of the Joint Program of Columbia University and JTS. Aliza is a doctoral candidate in the Ferkauf School of Psychology at Yeshiva University. Judah is a rabbinical student at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University and Micha is a sophomore at The Ohio State University.
We welcome Rabbi Paul and Melissa to our community.
Cantor Ofer Barnoy
Hi, this is Cantor Barnoy. I welcome you and I look forward to greeting you in person when you visit Temple Beth Sholom!
My mission is to inspire your soul through our rich heritage of sweet melodies. Whether we're singing at services, at a sisterhood or men's club sing-along or in Nursery with the young ones, we always have a great time!
In addition, I work closely with our Rabbis and professionals to insure that your children gain full access to Judaism during their Bar and Bat Mitzvah education. It is of utmost importance to us that what your children will take away from their time in our schools and programs is pride in being Jewish and a desire to gain more knowledge so that they can grow to participate fully in the Jewish experience.
Please contact me if you have any questions about our temple's music programs and singing opportunities.
Cantor Ofer Barnoy was born in Tel-Aviv, Israel and emigrated to the USA in 1977. As a child, Cantor Barnoy appeared in cantorial programs with his father on stages and television stations across America, Canada and Israel. After formal musical training and intense study with vocal masters at both the McGill Conservatory of Music in Montreal, Canada and Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio, Cantor Barnoy has served at several prestigious congregations including Yorktown Jewish Center, Monsey Jewish Center, Park Synagogue in Cleveland, Ohio and Shelter Rock Jewish Center on Long Island, New York. He currently serves at Temple Beth Sholom in Roslyn Heights, New York.
Cantor Barnoy is involved in a broad spectrum of activities in the music field including composing, arranging, recording, choir leading and teaching. In 1992 he was a proud recipient of the "Lion of Judah" award for his charitable work on behalf of Israel Bonds. In 1996 Cantor Barnoy published a recording of High Holiday selections called "Soulful Chants" and, in 1998, a recording of Shabbat melodies called "Soulful Sabbath" which includes his award winning "LeDor VaDor." He is currently recording a compilation of his original compositions to be titled "Pray for a Brighter Day". The title song of this recording begins with the words "Give me a minute to make this world, a better place for young and old, where every person can just be free and live in peace with you and me." It is dedicated to the heroism of those who helped to save lives in the disaster at the World Trade Center on 9/11/2001, to the plight of the Israeli society which encounters terrorism daily and to all efforts around the world on behalf of peace.
Donna joined the Temple Beth Sholom family in 2006 from the Bay Terrace Jewish Center where she served as office administrator. She is the mother of four and the very proud grandmother of 3 grandchildren
Ms. Bartolomeo’s responsibilities include oversight of the day to day operations of the Temple Beth Sholom, building maintenance, security, and maintenance staff. She manages the TBS office, coordinates the synagogue calendar and events, and facilitates the efforts of the clergy, professional staff, and lay leaders.
Donna hopes that the members of TBS will feel welcome to stop in to discuss with her any issues they may have.
Rabbi Sean Jensen
Rabbi Sean Jensen grew up in Brooklyn, New York. In addition to being the new Machon Beth Sholom Director, he is the Youth Director at Great Neck Synagogue and is coordinator of both admissions at North Shore Hebrew Academy High School and in charge of student activities at the Middle School. Jensen teaches Talmud/Mishna and Chumash for students in grades 6-8. He also holds positions at the Mashadi Jewish Center of Great Neck and teaches students of all ages in a variety of Judaic subjects.
Until the age of ten, Jensen was not affiliated with any religious organization but everything changed when he began attending Yeshiva Chaim Berlin. He went to high school at a Yeshiva in Scranton, PA and then he spent five years studying in Israel. Before returning to the United States, he ran programs that guided students at Yeshivat Ohr Yerushalayim.
In 1991, Rabbi Jensen began his career teaching at both Great Neck Synagogue and North Shore Hebrew Academy. In 2001, when the high school opened, Rabbi Jensen was named Director of Admissions. Due to Rabbi Jensen’s involvement, GNS youth program has grown exponentially over the last two decades and is a great source of pride to him. Under Rabbi Jensen’s leadership the program not only is a source of learning, fun and teaching children the meaning of “community”, but has also and continues to be a foundation of instilling a sense of responsibility and reward for good work. Those that have been involved continue to be leaders in their adult life. They are known to be active in college Hillel Houses, inspire others to participate in Chesed and Tzedaka initiatives and are also the ones that motivate peers to join in Shabbat and Chagim functions.
Rabbi Jensen has a strong commitment to Israel and has lead and participated in many “missions” including running supplies to those families in the North impacted by the latest war with Lebanon. One of the highlights was in the summer of 2003; Rabbi Jensen briefed the Secretary General of the UN, Kofi Anan, and under Secretary General, Shashi Theroor, upon his return from a visit to Gaza.
Rabbi Jensen resides in Great Neck with his wife Aksana and family. All of his children have benefited from the GNS youth program and became leaders when they became of age. As a youth director and teacher, Rabbi Jensen is unique and incomparable and the community is very lucky to have him.
Religious School Director
Sharon Solomon has been Temple Beth Sholom’s Religious School Director since 2006, bringing with her a dynamic vision and commitment to the pursuit of “Lifelong Jewish Learning”. With a core emphasis on interactive education and enacting the principal teaching of the Torah, Solomon has created an environment where to be a student at Temple Beth Sholom is to do more than learn about Judaism. It is to embark upon a hands-on, spirited journey towards Tikun Olam (repairing the world) though individual and collaborative acts of Chesed (good deeds).
As an educator, school director and principal at Temple Beth Sholom, Solomon has been instrumental in growing the school, spearheading such programs as Mitzvah-of-the-Month and Yedidim, a program inspired by Jewish summer camps in which students of various grades work together in a fun, educational and social environment. Furthermore, Sharon has worked to forge lasting relationships between Temple Beth Sholom, the local community and Israel, organizing numerous festivals and fundraisers to support this expanding network of friends.
Born in Israel, Solomon earned her Bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Queens College, and a Master’s degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from Adelphi University. A graduate of the Principal's Leadership Institute where she focused on developing innovative Jewish programs and fostering Jewish culture in a community, Solomon has also worked as a second language educator in NYC public schools as well as in day schools for the past twenty years.
Sharon Solomon is married to Yoram Solomon, and they have two wonderful daughters, Daphne and Nicole. Daphne currently attends UMass-Amherst, and was a student at both Temple Beth Sholom and Machon. Nicole attends Syosset High School, is active in our Machon Beth Sholom High School program, and is involved as an Israeli Scout leader (Tzofim) on Long Island.
Feel free to contact Sharon at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Early Childhood Center Director
Suzy grew up in Old Westbury and went through The Wheatley schools. She then went to receive her Bachelor of Science degree in education and continued her love for learning at New York University where she received her master's degree in Special Education. Suzy taught at a private school for children with special needs where her passion for teaching grew. She married her high school sweetheart Bobby and has two wonderful children Michelle and Dylan. Suzy's love for children continued as she has taught preschoolers for over twenty years, four of those years teaching here at Temple Beth Sholom. When asked to become the director of Temple Beth Sholom Early Childhood Center, Suzy was faced with a difficult decision. It was hard for her to leave the classroom where her little ones became part of her life each year. As this was a once in a life time opportunity, she is now honored and happy to be in her new role. "The amazing teachers and warm Temple Beth Sholom families make this the best place to be everyday and I thank you!"