Temple Leadership

Our community is grateful to be under the esteemed leadership of the following individuals.



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Rabbi Jack Zanerhaft

Rabbi Jack Zanerhaft was born in Queens and raised in Brooklyn.  He is the son of two Holocaust survivor parents, who came to New York in 1949, after being liberated from Aushwitz and waiting in a Red Cross Displaced Persons Camp in Rome, Italy, for three years for their visas. Rabbi Jack’s Jewish and Rabbinic education took place at Yeshiva Rabbi Chaim Berlin, and its prestigious Kollel Gur Aryeh.  He received additional Rabbinic training at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, Israel.  Rabbi Zanerhaft received his B.A. with honors from Brooklyn College, CUNY and a Juris Doctorate in law from the Vermont Law School. He moved to Oklahoma where he was an Assistant District Attorney, and Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Tulsa College of Law, as well as filling in as Rabbi for Congregation B’nai Emurah.  Rabbi Jack was selected as the first Rabbi for Congregation Etz Chaim in Bentonville, Arkansas, in addition to being visiting Rabbi for United Hebrew Congregation in Fort Smith.

Rabbi’s philosophy and commitment is to make Temple Emanu-El a center of excitement, energy and enthusiasm for all those who want to connect to the heritage and traditions of Jewish life:  Torah study, celebration, social activism and spirituality.  Rabbi Zanerhaft brings an atmosphere of warmth, acceptance, inclusion and a sense of community ready to engage all of us to become the signature address for betterment and positive transformation for the Jewish and wider Long Beach community.


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Cantor Lisa Klinger-Kantor

Cantor Lisa Klinger-Kantor has been serving as Cantor at Temple Emanu-El in Long Beach since 2012. Previously, she served for 14 years at Temple Shaarei Shalom in Bellmore. Cantor Lisa Klinger-Kantor is also Dean of Admissions at the Academy for Jewish Religion where she was ordained. In addition, Cantor Lisa teaches nusach at AJR, and she received the P’Nei Torah Faculty Award in 2007. She has an extensive voice practice, teaching the art of singing and davenning to Cantors and Rabbis.

Cantor Lisa pursued her music studies at the Manes College of Music majoring in Performance of Voice. Later, she earned her Masters degree in Voice from New York University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. She then performed lieder and oratorio in prominent concert halls. She has continued her career as a soloist, honoring the memory of her son Mat-thew, bringing the beauty of cantorial music to concert venues, including Alice Tully Hall, Weil Hall and Merkin Hall in NY.

Cantor Lisa is married to Alan Kantor, a Radiologist, and they continue to live in Brooklyn. Her daughter, Sydney, and twins Mark and Molly continue to add joy and light to the Kantor family.



                                    President…………………….Vicki Heller

                                    Ist Vice President…………….Steve Kolodny

                                    2nd Vice President…………...Martin Kaminsky

                                    3rd Vice President……………Ross Kapilian

                                    Treasurer……………………..Alan Mandell

                                    Financial Sec………………....Barbara Cohen

                                    Recording Sec………………..Maris Warfman

                                    Corresponding Sec…………....Burt Warren



                                    Richard Bickman

                                    Ronald Coladner

                                    Helen Elovich

                                    Ellen Feldman

                                    Michael Heller

                                    Judy Israel

                                    Ross Kapilian

                                    Gary Meyer

                                    Phyllis Robinson

                                    Stephen Sicker

                                    Sherry Graber

                                    Adi Zion



                                   Neil Vogel                        

                                   Vicki Heller

                                   Susan Hirschbein