inception in Stamford, CT in 1971,
Rabbi Mark S. Golub has served as the Chavurah's rabbi. In 1972,
he was ordained a Reform
rabbi by the
Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in New York and was awarded
an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity by HUC-JIR in 1997 for his unique contribution
to Jewish life through Jewish radio, television and film.
Golub’s eclectic approach to the Jewish tradition reflects the diversity of his
own family background. His maternal grandfather was an Orthodox rabbi who
received s’michah (rabbinic ordination) in the Musar Movement (Ethical Tradition
of Judaism). His paternal grandparents were pioneers in Jewish education in
America through the Reform Movement and helped Dr. Mordecai Kaplan create
Reconstructionist Judaism (Mark’s bar-mitzvah ceremony took place at the
Reconstructionist S.A.J. synagogue in Manhattan). And Mark grew up in a
Conservative Jewish household which helped to create the first Conservative
Synagogue in Trumbull, Connecticut.
Golub (he is "Mark" to all of us) leads our Friday night services with
song, laughter, and joy (as well as with an accordion). His Friday night
presentations of the Torah Sedra of the Week are based on the marvelous insights
of the Midrash (rabbinic commentary to the Torah) that adds to our understanding
of Jewish thought
members also join Mark for Brunch and Shabbat Study in members’ homes --
consisting of readings of Talmudic and Midrashic passages as well as readings of
contemporary Jewish rabbis and philosophers. Currently, Rabbi Golub is
presenting a survey of source material relating to the creation of the modern
State of Israel.
teaches all of our children on Sunday mornings in a member’s home. Classes
include Hebrew study, Bar/Bat-Mitzvah preparation, and studies in Jewish ritual,
culture and history. Adults are also welcome to attend these classes and at
least one parent must accompany his or her child.
Rabbi Mark S. Golub's outstanding experience in teaching and media
make him especially well-suited for his role as president and CEO of
JBS. Lauded by Newsweek as one of America's most influential rabbis,
Mark S. Golub is recognized within American Jewry as a leading
interviewer and television producer.
JBS, the Jewish Broadcasting Service, (formerly Shalom TV) is
America's Jewish television network covering the panorama of Jewish
Programs on JBS reflect and address the diversity and pluralism of
the Jewish experience. The service does not represent any specific
movement or organization in the Jewish community
His award-winning national program, "L'Chayim," has aired
continuously since 1979 with a guest list that reads like a "Who's
Who" on the world Jewish scene. Rabbi Golub's interviews have been
reprinted in Jewish newspapers and magazines as well as in an
anthology published by SUNY Press.
Rabbi Golub is an extremely successful entrepreneur in the field of
ethnic television. He created the Russian Television Network of
America (RTN) which serves the needs of Jewish immigrants from the
former Soviet Union. The company now nationally distributes RTN
along with nine other Russian-language channels as the only
vertically integrated ethnic television company in America.
Golub is a gifted teacher with an unusual ability to explain the
genius of the Jewish tradition and the uniqueness of Jewish values.
He has taught in the CCNY Jewish Studies Department and HUC-JIR's
Cantorial School and School of Education. In addition, he is a
frequent guest lecturer throughout the country on the meaning of
being Jewish and on Midrash (Jewish commentaries to the Bible).
HUC-JIR recognized these talents of Rabbi Golub when they bestowed
upon him an honorary doctorate, describing him as an "Innovative
Rabbi" whose "gifts as a communicator have helped disseminate the
meaning of Judaism, whose commitment to Torah has inspired and
enlightened the chavurot he founded and sustains, whose experience
and creativity have earned him a position of leadership in Jewish
broadcasting, and whose spirit finds expression in his religious
conviction and in his artistic talent." He also received the
prestigious Tree of Life award from the Jewish National Fund in
recognition of his significant work in media in promoting Jewish
describes Rabbi Golub as "a committed and passionate television
professional who has enhanced Jewish understanding in the general
Jewish community through programming he has created for nearly
"There may be no one more suited to head the first national Jewish
channel in America than Mark Golub," said Dr. Wiesel.
Rabbi Golub's eclectic family background provides him with a unique
appreciation for every major movement of Jewish life. His maternal
grandfather was an Orthodox rabbi; his paternal grandparents helped
create the Reconstructionist movement, and his father assisted in
founding the first Conservative synagogue in Trumbull, Connecticut.
Mark S. Golub was ordained a Reform rabbi by the Hebrew Union
College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City.