Congregation Kol Am Clergy

Rabbi Ellie Shemtov joins Congregation Kol Am as senior Rabbi on August 1st, 2015.  

Rabbi Shemtov brings an exciting new dimension to the Congregation Kol Am, drawing on her unusual background, which will contribute to the spiritual and educational fabric of Kol Am.  Having first prepared to be a cantor, she then completed her rabbinic training, and was ordained at the Academy for Jewish Religion in Riverdale, NY.   These years allowed her to function both on the pulpit and in the classroom, where she has extensive experience in developing curriculum, directing a religious school, teaching in the classroom and offering special tutoring.     Rabbi Shemtov has indicated a special interest in working within our Religious school.

While growing up within a strong Jewish environment that included her initial schooling at the Hillel Academy Jewish Day School in Perth Amboy, NJ, Rabbi Shemtov also had a fascinating secular background, which included her Master’s degree in Library Science, and her years as Head of the Moving Image Processing Unit at the Library of Congress in Washington DC.  She meshed her music, Judaic and technology expertise into the design of the award-winning website, Ellie’s Torah Trope Tutor,” all of which point to some exciting experiences to come for the youngsters at Congregation Kol Am’s Religious school.

Rabbi Shemtov’s most recent position was as Rabbi/Education Director of Temple Emanu-El in Long Beach, NY, and her outreach activities include the founding of Beit Yosef , an organization which is developing a Jewish-rooted drug and alcohol addiction treatment center in the tri-state area.

 To contact Rabbi Shemtov, please email her .