Rabbi Ron

Rabbi Ron Isaacs is Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Sholom in Bridgewater, New Jersey, where he served for the past 40 years. He also serves Congregation Beth Judah in Wildwood, NJ as its interim Rabbi. He was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 1974 and received his doctorate in Instructional Technology from Columbia University Teachers' College in 1979.

Rabbi Isaacs is a musical therapist for Stein Hospice in New Jersey. He is the author of more than 100 books. Among his titles are the Every Person's Guide series and the How-to Handbook trilogy. Ask the Rabbi (Jossey Bass, 2003), contains hundreds of answers to questions that have been posed to him over the past 25 years. Rabbi Isaacs' books are designed to provide the layperson with easily accessible educational material covering all aspects of Judaism, from holidays and rituals to Jewish law, Jewish sexuality, and prayer. He has also co-authored several books with his wife, Leora Isaacs, Ph.D., including Loving Companions: Our Jewish Wedding Album and Jewish Family Matters: A Leaders Guide.

Rabbi Isaacs has served as Dean of the Federation's Jewish LIFE program and as the Chairman of the Publications Committee of the Rabbinical Assembly (RA). He has served on the RA's Keruv Committee and the Sim Shalom subcommittee of the RA's Publications Committee. Rabbi Isaacs has appeared as scholar-in-residence at synagogues across the United States. He also has had a monthly column titled "Ask the Rabbi" in The Speaker (the Jewish Federation newspaper of Somerset, Hunterdon, and Warren counties).

Rabbi Isaacs has also served as the Jewish Educator for the Jewish Community Center of Somerset, Warren and Hunterdon County's Pirke Explorer program. He and his wife Leora have co-directed Temple Sholom's award-winning Hebrew High School for over 35 years.

Rabbi Isaacs is available for speaking engagements.

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One of Rabbi Isaacs' passions is Jewish music. From 1968-1974 he was singer and rhythm guitarist in a Hebrew liturgical rock band called the Arba'ah Kolot, in English, the Voices Four. The group recorded two albums: Our Rock and Our Redeemer and Arba'ah Kolot. Rabbi Isaacs started the band Lovin' Company, with several members of his congregation in the 1980s. In the 90s he had a weekly radio show on WCTC called the "Jewish American Hour" where he played popular Jewish and Israeli music.

Rabbi Isaacs met his wife, Leora, at Camp Ramah and the couple has held close ties to the camp for many years. For over a decade they designed and coordinated the learning summer experience called Shabbat Plus at Camp Ramah in the Poconos.

Rabbi Isaacs lives in Bridgewater, New Jersey with his wife. They have two children, Zachary (married to Courtney Anderson) and Keren (married to Aryeh Lebeau), and two grandchildren, Mimi and Caleb.




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