Rabbi Laurence P. Malinger was born in Philadelphia and raised in Florida, Virginia and Texas. He graduated from Southern Methodist University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics in 1987. He completed graduate work at Trinity University in Master of Education with School Psychology in 1988. In 1991, Rabbi Malinger completed his unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at the Children’s Medical Center in Dallas. He received his Masters of Arts in Hebrew Letters degree and was ordained Rabbi in 1992 and 1993 respectively, from the Hebrew Union College, Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati, Ohio. Upon ordination in 1993, Rabbi Malinger became Assistant Rabbi and Director of Education at Congregation Beth Emeth in Wilmington, Delaware. He was promoted to Associate Rabbi in July, 1997. In June of 1999 Rabbi Malinger was elected as senior Rabbi of Temple Shalom of Aberdeen, New Jersey.
He is a member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR), the New Jersey-West Hudson Valley Association of Reform Rabbis (NJWHVARR), and the Bayshore Ministerium. He is also involved as a member of the CCAR Committee on Accessibility and Inclusion, serves as regional clergy for NFTY-GER, serves as a member of the advisory committee for URJ Camp Harlam, and he is involved in the Campaign for Youth Engagement with the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ).
Rabbi Malinger has been involved in many civic activities in New Jersey including Garden State Equality, serves as a rabbinic advisor for the Jewish Addiction Resource (JAR) of the Jewish Federation of Monmouth County, and he is a member of the Matawan Husky Football Boosters. Rabbi Malinger is married to Samantha Jablo Malinger, a MSW with a specialty in geriatrics. They are the proud parents of Aly, Joe and David.
Cantor Debi Zeiontz trained for the cantorate at The Jewish Theological Seminary. She has served congregations at East Midwood Jewish Center, Congregation Mount Sinai, and most recently, Temple Sinai in Atlanta, GA. She is delighted to be part of the Temple Shalom family and sincerely looks forward to sharing prayer, music, and spirit with every member! Cantor Zeiontz was born in New York and raised in Manalapan, N.J., where she was a member of JFTY and NFTY. She was also a camper at Eisner and Kutz. During High School, Debi was ranked as the #1 soprano H.S. student in the state of NJ for two years, and sang as a soloist with the All-State Chorus. A musician with diverse interests, Cantor Zeiontz has performed in numerous musical theatre productions, sang Madrigals for several years and even skipped her senior prom in favor of performing at Dangerfield’s in Manhattan. Debi attended Ithaca College’s prestigious music school. Please stop to chat with “Cantor Debi”, her husband Steve, and their nine year old son Josh, whenever you see them! They are thrilled to join Temple Shalom’s warm, welcoming, spiritual community!
Cindy Terebush was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree and teaching certification from Kean College (now Kean University) and has completed the State of New Jersey Director’s Academy for Early Care and Education. In addition to meeting all of the criteria as mandated by the State of New Jersey to direct the pre-school, her credentials include New Jersey Teacher Certification through 12th grade. Cindy is also a Certified Youth, Parent, Family Coach. She has additional course work in such topics as special needs; classroom management; educational theory; program management & thematic curriculum; creating positive environments; math and cognitive for pre-school; health and safety; and excellence for parents. She also has business management experience in the field of marketing.
Cindy has worked in the field of early childhood education for more than fifteen years. She is a member of National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and is currently servicing as President of the local Shore Affiliate NJAEYC Board. She is a member of other professional organizations including Early Childhood Educators of Reform Judaism (ECE-RJ) and the Association of Reform Jewish Educators (ARJE -formerly NATE).
Cindy is a PINJ (New Jersey Registry) approved Associate Instructor of Adults specializing in the areas of cognitive development, positive guidance & discipline, curriculum development, developmentally appropriate practice and best practice. Cindy is an online reporter for “The Shriver Report” and author of the popular blog “Helping Kids & Families Achieve with Cindy Terebush.” She has presented numerous workshops and been a featured speaker at professional conferences and during various in-service, parent workshop & adult education programs.
A member of Temple Shalom since 2001, she is former editor of The Shalom, the temple newsletter, and also served on board of trustees, the communications committee, board of education, sisterhood board and nursery school committee.
Cindy lives in Old Bridge with husband Todd and their two sons, Michael and Scott.