Rabbi Susie Heneson Moskowitz is the Senior Rabbi of Temple Beth Torah in Melville. She brings warmth and creativity to our community. She teaches adults and in our Religious and Nursery Schools. Rabbi Moskowitz officiates at all of our services and life cycle events. She is involved in every aspect of synagogue life. She works hard to connect congregants to each other to create an inviting congregation.
Rabbi Moskowitz began at Temple Beth Torah in 1996 as our Rabbi Educator and then became our Associate Rabbi. She established Mishpacha University our family school.
Prior to coming to TBT, Rabbi Moskowitz was a Family Educator at the Reconstructionist Temple of the North Shore, where she implemented one of the first UJA-Federation Continuity grants. She began her career as the Assistant Rabbi at Temple Beth El of Great Neck.
A 1986 graduate of Duke University, Rabbi Moskowitz was ordained as a rabbi from the Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati in 1991. She has a certificate in Family Education from The Board of Jewish Education of NY and is a Spiritual Director.
Presently, Rabbi Moskowitz in on the board of the NYBR – The New York Board of Rabbis and is immediate Past President of LIBOR – The Long Island Board of Rabbis and a board member of M’Yad L’Yad – Helping Hands. She is involved in The Jewish Education Project’s Game Changer. She was on the executive board of the WRN – the Women’s Rabbinic Network, a member of the Board of Education of SSDS of Nassau County and chairperson of UJA’s LIRAC – Long Island Rabbinic Advisory Council. She is on the faculty of URJ’s Eisner Camp in Great Barrington, MA. She is a 500 hr certified yoga instruction and is known for having created a Kabbalah Yoga Service that she has presented at conferences around the country.
A native of Baltimore, MD Rabbi Moskowitz resides in Huntington, NY with her husband Rabbi Steven Heneson Moskowitz, rabbi of the Jewish Congregation of Brookville. Her daughter Shira works for the Institute for Southern Jewish Life and her son Ari attends Northwestern University.
Rabbi Rachel Wiesenberg is the Rabbi-Educator of Temple Beth Torah. Along with directing our Religious School K-7, she also coordinates our Jewish Teen Vibe (JTV) programming, aids in lifecycle events and leads us in prayer. Rabbi has been serving TBT since 2010.
Her passion for working with Jewish Youth was nurtured through her experiences as both camper and counselor at Eisner Camp in Massachusetts, as well as through her work with Panim in Washington D.C. and Birthright Israel.
Prior to coming to Temple Beth Torah, Rabbi Wiesenberg served as the Family Life Programmer of The Shelter Rock Jewish Center in Roslyn and as the Student Rabbi for The North Fork Reform Synagogue in Cutchogue.
Ordained in 2009 by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City, Rabbi Wiesenberg fed the Hungry of New York and her passion for Tikkun Olam as the Sous Chef and then Executive Cook of the HUC-JIR Soup Kitchen. Along with issues of Hunger and Homelessness, she is also an avid supporter for the restoration of New Orleans, Women of the Wall, and Project Understanding, which she led in February 2013.
Rabbi received her B.A. in Jewish Studies from Hofstra University, where she was active on campus – serving on the Executive Boards of HU’s Hillel, Jewish-Greek Council and Delta Phi Epsilon International Sorority.
Raised in Milford, Connecticut, Rabbi Wiesenberg lives in Merrick with her husband, Jonathan, their sons, Hunter and Reed, and their “dog-ter”, a hound mix named Rally.
Sarene Appelbaum joined the clergy of Temple Beth Torah as Cantor in July of 2011. Prior to becoming a part of the TBT family, Sarene served congregations in Florida, Maryland, and South Carolina.
Sarene’s connection to Jewish music began at a very young age with songwriting and solo performances. Her first award-winning composition, written and performed in 2nd grade for Temple Beth Shalom of Florida, New York, was “Mommy, Mommy, look at me, me and Judah Macabee.” Her exploration of Jewish music went on a hiatus while she pursued her interest in secular music and completed a degree in music business/vocal performance at William Paterson University in New Jersey. Sarene performed on stage in New York, New Jersey, and South Carolina in many genres including classical, musical theater, and solo singer-songwriter. Sarene studied music education at the University of South Carolina and has taught general music in both public and private schools. Sarene has mentored with several Cantors and was invested as a Cantor in 2016 in the first cohort of the Cantorial Certification Program at the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music of Hebrew Union College. Sarene is a prolific composer of both Jewish and secular music. She loves her work both on and off the pulpit and thoroughly enjoys tutoring our students in the B’nei Mitzvah program.
Cantor Appelbaum was born and raised in Warwick, New York and now lives in North Babylon with her dog Olive Boo Bear.