Congregation Shaaray Tefila

שער׳ תפ׳לה

68 Bay Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801
Phone: 518.792.4945 Fax: 518.792.5966 | Email:
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 9AM – 2PM

Shaaray Tefila, The Center for Jewish Life is a multi-
generational community that creates an atmosphere for the enjoyment of Jewish life & opportunities for spiritual growth.

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About Our Rabbis

Student Rabbi Gerry Ginsberg

Student Rabbi Gerry L. Ginsburg was born and raised in the Boston area, growing up in the suburb of Needham. 

He graduated from Ohio University (Athens, Ohio) and its School of Journalism, where he met his wife, Frances. They moved to New York City, working as editors. He received his MBA from New York University and then worked in the media business.  He later opened his own firm specializing in publishing consulting and international direct marketing. 

Gerry has been active in Conservative synagogues in New York City and Stamford, CT.  He started as a full-time student at The Academy for Jewish Religion, a pluralistic Jewish seminary, six years ago.  In addition to his studies, he has been the rabbinic intern at Congregation Kneses Tiffereth Israel (Port Chester, NY) and was the student rabbi for two years of Congregation Sinai in Milford, CT.  Gerry received his M.A. in Jewish Studies from AJR in 2017.

After being an editor, Fran went back to school and received her MD degree from New York University. She recently retired after over 30 years at Stamford (CT) Hospital.

Gerry and Fran have two grown children.  Ruth is a speech pathologist in Boston, and Sam just received his Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of Texas and is a lecturer there.

Student Rabbi Yael Werber

Yael Werber is a second-year student at Hebrew College Rabbinical School.  She is currently living in Brighton, Massachusetts, with her dog, Ebbie, but she considers her primary home the beautiful state of Vermont.

Yael is an avid reader and swimmer, and enjoys walking in the woods any season of the year.  She has written a children’s book, Spring For Sophie, which was published in February 2017.  Yael is excited to be a part of the Shaaray Tefila community and is really looking forward to getting to know and connect with everyone over the course of the year.



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