Meet Our Clergy
Temple Emanu-El’s Clergy is Unlike All Others.
Rabbi Bennett Miller, Interim Senior Rabbi
Rabbi Bennett F. Miller was first ordained a rabbi in 1974 when he received a Master of Arts and Hebrew Letters from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati. Before coming to Anshe Emeth, he was the leader of Congregation Havurah in Buffalo, N.Y. and the New Jersey State Advisory Council on the Holocaust. Rabbi Miller in 1974, become the rabbinical leader at Anshe Emeth, the third oldest congregation in New Jersey.
He has attained many degrees since first being ordained a rabbi…he earned his doctorate from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1988 and was awarded a Doctorate of Divinity Degree from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1999.
In October 2012, Rabbi Miller was elected to serve as the national Chair of the Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA) and represented a membership of nearly 25,000 Zionists in Reform Congregations throughout the United States.
His varied activities include Chair of the National Rabbinic Cabinet of the Jewish Federations of North America. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Union for Reform Judaism. URJ Commission on Synagogue Management and the URJ Commission on Synagogue Music.
At the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Rabbi Miller serves as Instructor in Pastoral Theology in the Doctor of Ministry Program. He is also a member of the Clinical Faculty of the HUC and he served as Instructor in Liturgy at the Jerusalem campus of the College-Institute.
In his New Brunswick community, Rabbi Miller is the founding Chairman of the Clinical Pastoral Education Committee at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He is the Chaplain to the New Brunswick Police Force.
In his 44 year tenure as Senior Rabbi, his numerous congregational programs are still running strong and known throughout the county and state. His many community based activities and strong Board of Trustees appointments are all impressive and down to earth: He is a respected, strong spiritual leader, offering sound direction and vision for an enduring future for his congregation and the community, as a whole, in Middlesex County.
Rabbi Miller and his wife Joan are residents of Monroe Township, New Jersey. They are the parents of two daughters, Rabbi Ellie Miller of West Orange and Carrie Miller Nussbaum of Short Hills, and proud grandparents of Sam Miller Lynn, Max Miller Nussbaum, Meg and Jack Miller Lynn, Gabriel Miller Nussbaum, and Benjamin Miller Nussbaum.
Cantor Martha Novick, Senior Cantor
Cantor Novick received a Bachelor of Science in Music Performance and a Master of Arts in Music Education from New York University. She also received a Bachelor of Sacred Music from Hebrew Union College, School of Sacred Music, where she was invested as Cantor in May of l983.
Cantor Novick has performed leading roles in opera for the Metropolitan Opera Association, the National Shakespeare Theatre, CBS and PBS Television, NYC Radio, The Center for New Music in New York, and the Liederkranz Opera Workshop. She has been soloist with the Jerusalem Symphony, The Brooklyn Philharmonia, Musica Hebraica, Sela and the Hebrew Arts Chorale. Cantor Novick has served on the Board of the American Conference of Cantors, the Commission on Synagogue Music, the Advisory Board and Review Board of Transcontinental Music Publishing, and currently serves as Vice President of the American Society for Jewish Music.
Cantor Novick had the distinction of being the first female Cantor to perform in a traditional Cantorial Concert in a major concert hall in New York. She made a CD of Yiddish Art Songs Music for the Miliken Foundation Archives of Twentieth Century American Jewish Composers, and a CD of High Holiday Music for Transcontinental Music Publishing.
Cantor Novick is a member of the faculty at The Hebrew Union College, School of Sacred Music and The Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Miller Cantorial School.
Rabbi Ethan Prosnit, Rabbi
Rabbi Ethan Prosnit is a graduate of Clark University with a BA in African History and a Masters in Teaching. He received his Rabbinic Ordination and his Masters in Hebrew Letters from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR). Rabbi Prosnit is passionate about pursuing social justice and making connections with global Jewry. He currently is the co-chair of Reform Jewish Voice of New Jersey, an arm of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC), working with Reform Jews across New Jersey to join together with a strong and effective voice. He is a Rabbi Balfour Brickner Fellow through the Religious Action Center and served on the Joint Distribution Committee-Entwine board. Prior to becoming a rabbi, Ethan taught eleventh grade United States history and coached boys tennis in the Worcester public schools, worked at Tufts University Hillel, and partnered with American Jewish World Service (AJWS) and the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). Rabbi Prosnit is an avid sports fan, rooting hard for the Jets, Mets and Toronto Blue Jays (usually to no avail) and is a tennis player, skier, and loves the outdoors. Rabbi Prosnit joined the Temple Emanu-El community in the summer of 2014. He lives in Westfield with his wife Arielle, son Caleb and daughter Zoe.
Cantor Michelle Rubel, Associate Cantor
Cantor Rubel graduated cum laude from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance and a minor in Judaic Studies. While at Syracuse, she served on the Hillel board as Religious Vice President and was a founding member and music director of the university’s first Jewish a capella group. She also spent five years on staff at URJ Crane Lake Camp in West Stockbridge, Massachusetts, including serving as the co-director of the Limud (Jewish education) program.
In her five years studying at HUC-JIR in Israel and later in New York, Cantor Rubel served congregations in Washington Heights, New York, North Adams, Massachusetts, and Miami, Florida. She also prepared students for B’nai Mitzvah at Congregation Rodeph Sholom in Manhattan. While at HUC-JIR, she received awards for excellence in liturgy and reform worship. She earned her Masters of Sacred Music in 2011 and was ordained in 2012. She is proud to be a member of the first class of Cantors ordained by HUC-JIR.
Cantor Rubel is delighted to be a part of the Temple Emanu-El community.
Rabbi Charles A. Kroloff, Rabbi Emeritus
Rabbi Kroloff served as Senior Rabbi of Temple Emanu-El for 36 years, from 1966 until his retirement in 2002. He and his wife, Dr. Terry Kroloff, still reside in Westfield. On his retirement, the new educational wing of the Temple was named The Rabbi Charles A. Kroloff Center for Jewish Learning. He is the past president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the largest rabbinic organization in the world.
Rabbi Kroloff currently is Vice President for Special Projects of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City. He remains active in the Westfield area, through leadership in Temple Emanu-El’s I Have A Dream program in Plainfield and the Westfield Foundation as past president, speaking at area synagogues, and providing rabbinic life cycle services.
Rabbi Kroloff earned his B.A. magna cum laude at Yale University and rabbinic ordination at Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati. Before coming to Westfield, he was Assistant Rabbi at Temple Israel, Boston, and Rabbi of Community Reform Temple, Westbury, NY. A past president of ARZA, the Association of Reform Zionists of America, he was a member of the governing boards of the Jewish Agency, Hebrew Union College, and the Union for Reform Judaism. He was a founder of the Interfaith Council for the Homeless of Union County and, following retirement, Interim Rabbi at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, New York City.