Mount Freedom Jewish Center

Rabbi

Menashe East – Senior Rabbi

A New Jersey native, Rabbi Menashe’s family instilled a love and reverence for Judaism. Rabbi Menashe was blessed to study Torah with his father and grandfather. Rabbi Menashe’s mother directs a Jewish Family Service in New Jersey. Commitment to the Jewish community and Jewish wisdom was part of Rabbi Menashe’s upbringing.

Following his Jewish communal life in Elizabeth and Teaneck NJ, Rabbi Menashe went to Israel for two years to study at Yeshivat Shalaviim, to study Jewish texts beside young Israelis who would serve in the IDF. After Israel, Rabbi Menashe attended Yeshiva University, where he studied Torah, Literature and completed master’s level course work in Jewish thought.

Rabbi Menashe then attended Yeshivat Chovevei Torah (YCT), founded by Rabbi Avi Weiss. In YCT’s study hall, Rabbi Menashe was exposed to rigorous Torah scholarship, spirituality and an open mindedness to the breadth of Jewish thinking and people. Alongside his Rabbinical studies, Rabbi Menashe pursued an MSW at Wurzweiller School of social work.

After ordination, Rabbi Menashe and his wife Donna, moved to San Diego, CA to serve as the first spiritual leader of a fledgling synagogue, Kehillat Ahavat Yisrael (KAY). Rabbi Menashe helped KAY gain synagogue membership into the OU. KAY was the first YCT-led synagogue in the US to gain OU membership. Alongside his role rabbi of KAY, Rabbi Menashe served on the Upper School Judaic studies faculty of San Diego’s community day school, the San Diego Jewish Academy.

While in SD, Rabbi Menashe was selected as a fellow for the 3rd cohort of the prestigious Rabbinic Leadership Initiative at the Shalom Hartman Institute. The program focused on pluralism within Judaism and study with rabbis from across the Judaic spectrum.

Rabbi Menashe joined Mt. Freedom Jewish Center in August 2009. He has become a valued member not only of the synagogue, but also of the greater Jewish and secular community. Rabbi Menashe sits on the Rabbinic Council of the Gottesman RTW Academy (the area’s community Jewish Day School), as well as the Rabbinic Council of Morris County. He is a founder of the Interfaith Council of Morris County, through which he has worked to promote interfaith programs and fostering understanding throughout the Morris County community. Rabbi Menashe has also become involved in the Federation of Greater MetroWest.  He is proud to have participated Borinsky Young Leadership Program, and co-facilitator for the Shalom Hartman Lecture Series sponsored by MetroWest. Rabbi Menashe completed his MSW and currently works as a part-time clinician at the Jewish Family service in Passaic completing his licensure.

Rabbi Menashe’s greatest joy is his family. Rabbi Menashe and his wife, Donna, are blessed with five children – Ayala Rayati, Erez Avraham, Elisha David, Alon Yair and Ariel Rut. Their toy poodle, Nanku, is part of the family too. He loves to play guitar and tries to play soccer with his kids too…

Please contact Rav Menashe at the shul: (973)895-2103, on his cell: (201) 923-1107 or via email: rabbi@mtfjc.org. Check out Rabbi Menashe’s Zemer Yomi on Instagram Song of the Day

Rabbi Menashe will meet you in shul, at your home, for coffee, on a  bike ride, on FaceTime, Zoom or text…Most important is to reach out and Connect!

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 202
Mt. Freedom, NJ 07970

Synagogue Address

1209 Sussex Turnpike
Randolph, NJ 07869

Contact Us

Phone — (973) 895-2100
Fax — (973) 447-7646
Email — office@mtfjc.org

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