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Kehilat HaNahar appoints new rabbi, effective July 1


Kehilat HaNahar, The Little Shul by the River in New Hope, has announced the appointment of Rabbi Janine Jankovitz as its new rabbi starting July 1. She will succeed Rabbi Diana Miller, who is leaving KHN after 13 years.

Jankovitz has a proven track record of growing the religious school in her current synagogue. As KHN’s Shul School has expanded in numbers, Jankovitz’s exuberance and innovative ideas will help accelerate that growth, the temple said.

“The congregation was impressed with Rabbi Janine’s warmth and intelligence, her ability to engage with people of all ages and backgrounds, and her deep connection to Judaism and Torah,” said Lynne Goldman, KHN president. “Of equal importance, Rabbi Janine is committed to our tradition of providing a welcoming, diverse, innovative and vibrant Reconstructionist community in New Hope, Lambertville, and beyond.”

Jankovitz was ordained by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 2020. Since then, she has served as the rabbi for Congregation Beth El-Ner Tamid in Broomall. She is a graduate of Temple University and worked for over a decade both as a student rabbi and an education director. She served as a rabbinic intern for KHN in 2017-18. With her husband, Steven Pastor, and their young daughter, Evelyn, she is planning to move to the area in the near future.

A celebration to welcome Jankovitz is planned for the early fall.

Kehilat HaNahar is an active, innovative, and collaborative Reconstructionist congregation that promotes an egalitarian, interfaith and LGBTQ-friendly community. Its programs are designed to educate the KHN community and beyond in the key areas of Jewish history, philosophy, values, art, music, and culture. Visit online for information.

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