Our Clergy Team
Cantor Menachem Bazian has been a cantor for over 30 years. He was associated with the Monsey Jewish Center for 15 years after which he served in Duluth, MN, Queens, NY and his native Passaic, NJ. He returned to the Shaarey Israel family in 2013.
Cantor Bazian thinks of his cantorial style as “traditional.” He enjoys singing with his congregation and trying to add meaning to the prayers through his cantorial art. He comes from a cantorial family. His father, the late Cantor Moshe Bazian was a world class cantor. Anyone interested in experiencing a true cantorial master can visit a website dedicated to his father’s work at chazzan.org.
His brother, Cantor Benjamin Bazian, serves as a cantor in Silver Spring, MD.
Cantor Bazian is joined by his wife Chana and his son Yitzchak. Cantor and Mrs. Bazian also have older twin sons, Baruch and Shmuel, who are married. They have one grandchild, Ely Jacob, who was born in September 2013.
Cantor Bazian can be emailed at njChazzan@gmail.com. You can follow him on twitter @njChazzan.
A career Jewish leader from a family of Rabbis, Jewish educators and summer camp professionals, Rabbi Elchanan Weinbach has served for twelve years as a communal Rabbi and fifteen years as Head of School or Principal. Upon receiving semikha and a Master’s degree from Yeshiva University, and marrying his wife Yocheved, he embarked on a career of service to the Jewish community. After invigorating The Hebrew Institute of White Plains Youth and Hebrew School programs and revitalizing Congregation Adath Jeshurun in Newport News, Virginia, Rabbi Weinbach became the Founding Rabbi of the Highland Lakes Shul of Miami, now a thriving synagogue. In his last three schools he has raised enrollment significantly by diversifying educational offerings and support services, emphasizing greater inclusion, and implementing a school-wide one-to-one iPad program with Blended Learning.
Rabbi Weinbach has presented to enthusiastic audiences at conferences, synagogues and youth groups, including LimmudLA, NCSY, Aish HaTorah in Philadelphia, several Passover programs, and at Tehila: The Women's Summer Learning Program in Philadelphia. Rabbi Weinbach served as the “Fast Day Consultant” on the JM in the AM radio network for almost thirty years.
Rebbetzin Yocheved Weinbach, a graduate of Yeshiva of Flatbush High School and Stern College, has taught Judaic Studies in the primary grades and in high school for the past twenty years. Her first teaching position was in Rockland County, at the New City Jewish Center.
Rabbi and Yocheved have four children. Their oldest son is a psychology researcher for Yale University, their married daughter is a teacher of Judaic Studies at Heschel High School in Manhattan, the middle son has finished tzahal and is an oleh chadash studying at Ariel University, and their youngest son has recently finished high school and will be studying in Israel next year. Rabbi and Yocheved share a love of Judaism, of people, and an ongoing practice of yoga and meditation.