1385134_10201704417545991_1460843309_a.jpgRabbi Robin Nafshi (also known as Rabbi Robin) was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2005. She joined Temple Beth Jacob in July of 2010. Before that, she served as the Assistant Rabbi at Temple Emeth in Teaneck, NJ and the Associate Rabbi of Temple Beth-El in Hillsborough, NJ.

Rabbi Robin embraces the definition of rabbi as "teacher" – in the classroom, from the bimah, during meetings, and in personal conversations and interactions. Rabbi Robin cares deeply about people and listens with an open and non-judgmental heart; pastoral counseling is another core part of her rabbinate.

Robin Robin was born and raised in northern New Jersey and attended New York University and Cornell Law School. After moving to San Francisco, she worked as an attorney, and as a legal author and editor. 

While in California, Rabbi Robin became very involved in the Jewish community. She also selected to participate in the Wexner Heritage Foundation's adult learning program for Jewish community lay leaders. In 2000, Rabbi Robin began her studies at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. She was selected as a Wexner Graduate Fellow, a recipient of a full four-year fellowship and stipend while in rabbinical school. She was the first person in the country ever to be selected to both the Wexner Heritage Foundation lay leader program and the Wexner Graduate Fellowship program.

Rabbi Robin shares her life with her partner, Shira Nafshi, who serves as TBJ's part-time cantor. They are the delighted parents of Liba, who joined their family in January of 2014.


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Cantor Shira Nafshi grew up in Miami, FL and was highly involved in both her temple's youth group and religious school as a song leader. She was mentored by her Cantor, Cantor Stuart Pittle (z"l). Cantor Shira graduated from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s School of Sacred Music in 2005, and served as the full-time Cantor for Temple B'nai Or in Morristown, NJ for five years. Shira began serving as the part-time Cantor of Temple Beth Jacob in 2011. She leads Shabbat services approximately once a month, leads High Holy Day services, leads the TBJ choir, and teaches music in the religious school. Cantor Shira also serves part-time as the Cantor of Temple Adath Yeshurun in Manchester.


When not on the TBJ bimah, Cantor Shira can usually be found with a horse – trimming hooves, teaching riding, or playing with her own horses. Cantor Shira is thrilled to be working with her life partner, Rabbi Robin. Together, they are the parents of Liba, born in early 2014. 

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