Email Rabbi Dolinger to schedule an appointment.Rabbi Barry Dolinger grew up in North Bellmore, a small suburb on the south shore of Long Island. He graduated from Mepham High School, and continued on to the University of Pennsylvania, where he received his B.A., majoring in political science and minoring in near eastern studies. Rabbi Dolinger studied in Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh in the Old City of Jerusalem, in order pursue religious interests and studies. Upon returning, he studied law at Fordham Law School in New York, where he received his J.D. in 2011. He also attended the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, affiliated with Yeshiva University, where he received Semicha in 2011. During his time in Semicha, Rabbi Dolinger served as Rabbinic Intern at Congregagtion Adereth El in Manhattan and as Rabbinic Intern at the Beth Din of America. He taught Jewish studies at the Striar Hebrew Academ, and serves as a member of the Board of Trustees at the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island, Holocaust Education and Resource Center of Rhode Island, and the Jewish Community Day School of Rhode Island.
In September of 2011, Rabbi Dolinger began serving as Rabbi of Congregation Beth Sholom. He also serves as Vice President of the Board of Rabbis of Greater Rhode Island, is a member of the Vaad HaKashruth of RI, and is a member of the Rabbinical Council of America and International Rabbinic Fellowship. He frequently serves as a scholar-in-residence, and has brought energy and vibrancy to our community. He and his wife are thrilled to be in Providence as part of a warm, friendly, and creative community. Rabbi Dolinger enjoys sharing religious and social experiences with the community, while engaging in a meaningful and relevant quest for for religious inspiration and meaning, based on the everlasting truths and insights of our tradition. He enjoys the vibrant and creative flavor of Judaism in Providence, and looks forward to collaborating together with the community to write the next chapter.
Sarah is a graduate of the Keren Ariel Yoetzet Halacha Program at Nishmat: The Jeanie Schottenstein Center for Advanced Torah Study for Women in Jerusalem She spent two years of intensive study of the laws relating to taharat hamishpacha in depth, and is equipped to guide couples through their observance of these mitzvot. In addition she received training from experts in the field of modern medicine and psychology on topics such as gynecology, infertility, sexuality, and family dynamics. Sarah also holds both a Master's degree in Public Health from Columbia University and a B.A. in Biology with Honors from Yeshiva University's Stern College for Women. Sarah has previously taught at Ulpanot Orot High School in Toronto and at Ma'ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls in Teaneck, NJ. She has been involved with informal Jewish education through her role as Co-Director of the Seif Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (JLIC) at Yale University and as a part-time JLIC educator in Toronto-area universities.
A Yoetzet Halacha is a woman certified after extensive training by Nishmat’s Jeanie Schottenstein Center for Advanced Torah Study for Women to serve as a resource for couples regarding Taharat HaMishpacha and its intersection with women’s health, including fertility issues, pregnancy loss, and marital intimacy. She has spent two years of intensive study of the laws relating to these halachot and received training from experts in the field of medicine and psychology on related topics. She is equipped to guide couples through their observance of these mitzvot. Yoetzet Halacha Sarah Cheses will serve as this advisor to couples in the Greater Boston Area. A Yoetzet Halacha is an advisor, and does not offer psak. She answers questions that have clear answers and consults with the inquiring couple’s Rabbi when the question is novel and requires a psak.
Yoetzet Halacha Sarah Cheses can be reached for consultations via phone or text at (339) 364-2848 or via email at NE.firstname.lastname@example.org. The best hours to contact Sarah are 9AM to 3PM and 8PM to 10PM. Sarah will also give lectures each year in Brookline/Brighton, Newton, Providence and Sharon. For more information and to stay connected, please visit www.NEyoetzet.org and sign up for the mailing list.
Office Manager Tammy Laforest
Tammy is a native of Rhode Island. She joined the staff of Congregation Beth Sholom in December of 2014 after a decade of administrative experience in a number of industries including finance, commercial real estate, and retail. She spends her time outside of the office raising a family and performing as a professional musician. Tammy handles matters of billing and finance as well as building repair and maintenance. She also works with the Rabbi, board and committees to plan and run events. You can contact Tammy by email at Office@BethSholom-RI.org.
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