Rabbi Francine Green Roston

Rabbi Francine Green Roston

Rabbi Francine Green RostonShalom and welcome to Congregation Beth El!

I am so proud to be the rabbi of this dynamic, warm, engaging congregation and I know that you will feel the same as you journey with us.

My family and I have lived in South Orange since I came to Beth El in 2005. I was ordained as a Rabbi at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York in 1998 and wanted to be a rabbi ever since I was a young girl. It is my greatest joy to serve this congregation, raise my children here and share in life’s ups and downs with the community.

I am passionate about Judaism and Jewish community. I believe that it is critical that we nurture a Jewish community that is welcoming to all who are interested in learning and growing with the Jewish people. I am proud of the diverse community that we have at Beth El. We have seekers and Jewish professionals, scholars and beginners, Jews of choice, non-Jewish family members, and families of all configurations. My role as the rabbi of Beth El is to work with the community to create an atmosphere in which we can all build meaningful relationships with God, Torah and each other.

I am active in the Jewish community both locally and nationally and work hard to support the State of Israel and the Conservative/Masorti Movement in Israel. I serve on JTS Chancellor Arnie Eisen’s Rabbinic Cabinet, the Executive Council of the Rabbinical Assembly, and the UJC National Rabbinic Cabinet. I am a supporter of many organizations including American Jewish World Service and the Crohns and Colitis Foundation of America.

I also believe strongly that we cannot only keep to ourselves but that we are citizens of the world and have an obligation to work for the good of our interfaith community as well. Toward that end I am an active member of the South Orange-Maplewood Interfaith Clergy Organization and helped to organize our Habitat for Humanity Abraham House in Newark which was built by the local houses of worship including Beth El.

I am married to Marc Roston and we have two precious children — Abigail and Simon. Marc works independently in private equity.

From the minute my family and I walked into Beth El, we felt at home. We were welcomed and treated with kindness and respect, as I’m sure you will experience when you find your way to our synagogue. Beth El is a unique community offering an open door to anyone who wants to enter and experience spiritual life, learning and growth. I hope to meet you soon. Please do not hesitate to contact me by email at RabbiR@bethelnj.org or phone at 973-763-0111.