Founded in 1860, Har Sinai Temple is a warm, vibrant, Reform Jewish community in the heart of Central New Jersey. Har Sinai combines religious values with a variety of social and life-long educational programs designed to integrate the Temple’s rich traditions with the demands of contemporary life.
We are an inclusive congregation welcoming all who wish to learn about Judaism, teach it to their children, and live a Jewish life. We seek to provide a sense of community among our members, to enhance Jewish family life and culture, and to promote the practice of Jewish values and mitzvot, social action and social justice in our daily lives, at home, at work, and in our community.
We take pride in our congregational history and longevity which reflects the congregation’s ability to respond to a changing world in creative and constructive ways. Visit our website to learn more about us.
Rabbi Stuart Pollack
Rabbi Stuart Pollack, Har Sinai Temple’s religious leader since 1999, is the 26th rabbi in the congregation’s long history. Prior to coming to Har Sinai, Rabbi Pollack was the religious leader of Temple Tifereth Israel in Malden, MA for 17 years. He has been married for 40 years to Robin Beth, a learning consultant for the Hamilton School District. Their elder son, Max, is a senior software developer; his younger son, Eli, works at the American Hebrew Academy in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Rabbi Pollack spent ten years of his childhood growing up in Lansdale, PA, where his father was a rabbi at Temple Shalom, before relocating to Paterson, NJ. As a young man, he resisted following in his father’s rabbinical footsteps. It wasn’t until Rabbi Pollack had almost completed his bachelor’s degree in psychology and philosophy that he chose to enter the rabbinate.
Rabbi Pollack believes the primary ingredients necessary for the rabbinate are humility and a sense of humor. Although much of his job revolves around times of crisis, he also believes in emphasizing every simcha, the good times. Rabbi Pollack’s hobbies include screenwriting, alternative rock and metal music, and pop culture. He finds innovative and creative ways to connect these passions to his students’ study of Judaism and Jewish culture.
Rabbi Pollack was ordained by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City, received his Master of Science in Education and Counseling from Johns Hopkins University, and studied for his Doctorate of Ministry degree at Boston University, where he was a student of Elie Wiesel. He graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Pennsylvania State University (BA), where he was president of the Hillel. Rabbi Pollack participated in the Minister in Vicinity Program at Harvard University and he also served as an adjunct professor of Jewish Studies at Tufts University. Rabbi Pollack attended the Jewish Community High School of Gratz College.