Rabbi Elisa Goldberg directed Chaplaincy Services at Jewish Family and Children's Service (JFCS) for fourteen years where she dedicated herself to creating an inclusive Jewish community that provided for the spiritual needs of the underserved. She led all aspects of the chaplaincy program, including finances and operations, supervision of the many professional, volunteer, and para-chaplains, spiritual counseling of individuals and groups, and the creation of a unique rabbinic internship in community-based chaplaincy. In addition, Rabbi Elisa conceptualized and developed JFCS’ LGBTQ Initiative and chaired several community-wide conferences on Jewish Women.
Concurrently, Rabbi Elisa was the first woman to serve as President of the Board of Rabbis of Greater Philadelphia and led the revitalization of the organization. Rabbi Elisa is also a member of the Religious Leader’s Council of Philadelphia, which includes the leadership of over thirty religious communities.
Cantor Judy Merrick was born in Haifa, Israel and has been playing the guitar and performing since the age of 13. After serving in the Israeli Army, she went on to study at Tel-Aviv University where she earned a degree in theatre arts. Cantor Merrick is also a certified Israeli Dance instructor and she holds an Interior Design certification from NY School of Interior Design as well.
Cantor Merrick was certified by the Cantor Assembly as a Hazzan in March 2010.
After moving to Huntington Bay 15 years ago, she performed throughout the New York metropolitan area, leading Shabbat and holiday services and Israeli celebrations. She has also been teaching music in many different synagogues and temples, and given workshops for Jewish educators.