Rabbi Eliott N. Perlstein
Rabbi Perlstein is a native Philadelphian. He grew up in Oxford Circle and graduated from Northeast High School in 1971. After two years at the Joint Program of Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary, Rabbi Perlstein graduated from Temple University and later received a Master of Arts in Religion from Temple. In 1982 he was ordained by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. After serving as the synagogues student Rabbi, he assumed the position of Rabbi of the congregation.
In the following years, Rabbi Perlstein took a leadership role in interfaith relations in the North and Southampton Communities. He also exemplified a commitment to Israel as well as to Soviet Jewry, visiting the Soviet Union on two occasions to meet with Refuseniks and to teach.
In the early nineties Rabbi Perlstein entered a Doctor of Ministry Program in Pastoral Care and Counseling at the Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion. He was awarded the degree of Doctor of Ministry in June 1995.
In March 2001, the congregation honored the Rabbi at a gala dinner dance celebrating his 25 years of service to the synagogue as well as the 25th anniversary of the congregation.
Cantor Annelise Ocanto
Cantor Annelise Ocanto-Romo was born in Boston, MA but has lived in many places during her childhood, including Caracas, Venezuela, Gainesville, FL, and finally settling in Omaha, NE where she grew up from age nine all through college. She began her studies at Creighton University and completed them at the University of Nebraska at Omaha where she received a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education, a minor in Vocal Performance, and a specialization in English as a Second Language. Cantor Ocanto-Romo then pursued graduate school and received ordination and graduated from the H.L. Miller Cantorial School at The Jewish Theological
Seminary in New York. She also completed one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) through the Center for Pastoral Care at JTS. She has taught both in public and religious schools in the Nebraska and New York
areas. Currently, she is a member of the Cantors Assembly of the Conversative Movement. Cantor Ocanto-Romo has had the privilege of serving in a variety of communities as well, including Sosua, Dominican Republic, Youngstown, OH, Wykoff, NJ, and Worcester, MA where she was the cantor for the last three years.
Currently, Cantor Ocanto-Romo is working towards her graduate degree in Jewish education, with a track in Jewish Special Education.
She and her husband, Alessandro Romo, a freelance photographer, live in Warminster, PA.
Cantor Emeritus Paul Frimark
Cantor Frimark’s involvement in the Jewish community and Jewish music started at a young age. As a Hebrew school student at Temple Sinai in Philadelphia, he had Rabbi Sidney Greenberg z”l and Hazzan Nathan Chaitovsky as role models and mentors. As a member of the Temple Sinai Youth Chorale, Cantor Frimark developed his love of singing, music and leading services.
While in high school, he formed a Jewish rock band, N’shamah, that performed at functions throughout the Philadelphia area. N’shamah later morphed into Shir Chadash, which became the “go-to” band for the next 25 years in the Delaware Valley for Jewish music for weddings, B’nai Mitzvah and other synagogue and community events. During these years, Paul was emcee for many Israel Independence Day celebrations, including one also celebrating the U.S. Bicentennial, he performed at Soviet Jewry rallies and, along with Shir Chadash, accompanied Joan Rivers z”l during her visit to Philadelphia for the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.
As Cantor of Ohev Shalom of Bucks County for twenty years, Cantor Frimark officiated or co-officiated at countless weddings, B’nai Mitzvah, baby namings, funerals, shiva minyanim, unveilings and other life cycle events. Cantor Frimark is a graduate of Gratz College Jewish Community High School, Temple University, and also earned a Graduate Certificate in Jewish Music and a Master of Arts in Jewish Music from Gratz College.