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Rabbinic Leadership

Rabbi Alvin M. Marcus
Rabbi Emeritus
Rabbi Alvin M. Marcus received his S’micha from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanon Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University in June 1952 and received a Doctorate of Divinity degree from Yeshiva University in 1983. Rabbi Marcus served as the spiritual leader of the Orthodox Congregation Ahawas Achim B’nai Jacob & David in West Orange, New Jersey, from September 1968 to early 1998, when he became Rabbi Emeritus. Rabbi Marcus was president of the Rabbinical Council of New Jersey and a past president of the Council of Orthodox Rabbis of Metropolitan New Jersey. He was Co-Chairman of the Rabbinic Division of the United Jewish Appeal Campaign of the Jewish Community Federation of Metropolitan New Jersey. He has also been active in the affairs of the Rabbinic Alumni of Yeshiva University, where he served as a President. He served as Chairman of the Education Commission of the Rabbinical Council of America.  In Metropolitan New Jersey, Rabbi Marcus was involved with the social agencies of the Jewish community. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Daughters of Israel and was active on several committees of the agency concerned with the aged. He served on the Board of Federation.   He was co-chairman of the V’aad HaKashrus of MetroWest of New Jersey. He is also on the Board of the Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy and was Chairman of its Board of Education. He is also co-president of the Joint Chaplaincy Commission, and administrator of the Kukin Society of Fellows.

Rabbi Eliezer Zwickler
Senior Rabbi

Rabbi Zwickler has been the Senior Rabbi of AABJ&D since 2005.  He previously served as the Assistant Rabbi of AABJ&D since 2002.  Rabbi Zwickler received S'micha from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University and earned a Bachelor's Degree in History from Yeshiva College. He also holds a Master's Degree in Social Work from the Yeshiva University Wurzweiler School of Social Work as well as a Master's Degree in Secondary Jewish Education from the Azrielli Graduate School of Yeshiva University.  Rabbi Zwickler is an Adjunct Professor at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice.  He is a member of the board of the Beth Din of America, Vice President of the Vaad of Metrowest and in the past has been a member of the Executive Committee of  the Rabbinic Council of America. His wife, Sharon Zwickler LCSW, is the Intake Coordinator at the Jewish Family Service of Clifton - Passaic, New Jersey, and is a clinician in private practice.   They are the proud parents of four children, Yitzy, Tziporah, Menachem and Zevi. 

Rabbi Yosef Sharbat
Associate Rabbi/Sephardic Rav
Rabbi Sharbat received Rabbinic ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University and also from Rabbi Eliyahu Ben-Chaim. He graduated with honors and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Jewish Studies from Yeshiva College where he was also the recipient of The Rabbi Judah Feinerman Memorial Award for Excellence in Talmud and the Maybaum Sephardic Fellowship. He also holds a Master's Degree in Secondary Jewish Education from the Azrielli Graduate School of Yeshiva University. Rabbi Sharbat is a member of the Vaad Harabanim of MetroWest, on the rabbinic board of the Essex County Mikvah and a rabbinic advisor to the West Orange Eruv.  He previously taught Judaic Studies at Yeshivat Noam in Paramus. Rabbi Sharbat teaches Tanach and Halacha at the Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy and the Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School, along with his wife Batya who teaches Tanach and is the director of interdisciplinary studies. They are the proud parents of Yael, Moshe, Leora and Nava.

Sat, May 8 2021 26 Iyyar 5781