White Meadow Temple

153 White Meadow Road | Rockaway, New Jersey  07866 | 973-627-4500 | office@whitemeadowtemple.org | Calendar and Candlelighting Schedule 

Rabbi Charlie Popky
Emeritus Rabbi Jacob Weitman

2016-2017 Executive Com

Eric Balis - Co-President

Stephanie Levine - Co-President 

David Greenberg, Vice President - Finance / Treasurer

Howard Sislin, Vice President, Administration

​Ilene Lefkowitz, Vice President, Education

Elaine Mico, Vice President, Social Events

Harvey Pyser, Financial Secretary

Carol Friedman, Recording/Corporate Secretary

2016-2017 Board of Trustees

Nadine Armus, Publicity Chair

Rich Chassen

Jeff Cohen

Elissa Cohen Engel

Jason Epstein

Alan Fayerman

Lynne Gaines

Joel Goldman

Abbie Greenberg  

Sheldon Kirsch

Maddy Lashen

Paula Lefkowitz

Stuart Lefkowitz

Ben Lehman

Jules Resnick (Immediate Past President) 

Peter Rosen, Legal Counsel

Shelly Russo  

Sandy Saposnik ​

Jennifer Sislin

Allison Weiner

Arlene Zimmerman

2016-2017 Religious School / Childhood Education

VP - Education, Ilene Lefkowitz

Office Staff

Mindy Fast, Bookkeeper

Juliette Klug, Administrative Assistant

Communications / Publicity

Rikki Abrahams

Nadine Armus

Lynne Gaines

Maddy Lashen

Randi Mitchell 

White Meadow Temple was founded in 1952 by a handful of dedicated men and women. Rabbi Jacob Weitman arrived in 1955 and served as the spiritual leader and guiding force in growing White Meadow Temple until his retirement in 1989. White Meadow Temple's growing membership led to a 1964 groundbreaking ceremony for renovations and additions to the building situated at 153 White Meadow Road in Rockaway's White Meadow Lake. Martha Silvershein is considered to be the founding mother of White Meadow Temple.

Worship Vision Statement

White Meadow Temple is built on the idea that central to our role as Jews is the search for a connection to God and the Jewish people through prayer. In our community, we welcome all who wish to pray, bringing their own experiences to our community. Inspired by the warmth of God’s presence, we seek a sense of protection and comfort within a communal environment. Those who enter our house to pray will feel a sense of continuity with the Jewish past and hope in the Jewish future, midor ledor (from generation to generation). We are guided by halakhah (Jewish law), inspired by the idea of kavanah (meaningful devotion) and faithful to the keva (the patterns of prayer).


An egalitarian and participatory community, we seek to create an environment where Jews from all backgrounds can enter our house to worship in ways that are spiritually meaningful and in accordance with the teachings of traditional halakhah (Jewish law).

Principles that Guide the Prayer Experience

Worship at White Meadow Temple endeavors to facilitate a relationship with a personal, accessible, and loving God. Whether it is through healing or in searching for forgiveness, worshippers will encounter a supportive God, one who embodies the key middot (aspects) of both din (justice) and rachamim (mercy). We understand that Jewish prayer can be challenging therefore learning is a central element that helps worshippers gain insight during our services. In our warm community we welcome all to join our congregational family and seek to provide moments to worship and grow together spiritually. Hebrew, the language of the Jewish people for millennia, is central to our tefilah (prayer) but we include English as a way of making prayer meaningful to the modern world. The Torah portion is chanted in its entirety at Shabbat services, which include the study of Torah that is inspiring and relevant. Song is a vital part of our services. Using the traditional modes of Jewish liturgical music as well as contemporary melodies and styles, we create the music of memory, togetherness, inward focus, and the majesty of God. .........................................................................................................................


Rabbi Charlie Popky has enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a Rabbi, including the leading of a congregation during time of change and professional transition and guiding the transformation of a congregation from non-egalitarian to egalitarian. Most recently, he served as a visiting scholar for Shabbatonim and other programs, assisted in adult and youth programming, and consulted with the board on congregational development in Ottawa. He has worked as a freelance educator, as a regular substitute teacher in the community day school, training students for B’nai Mitzvah and conversion, and serving as guest lecturer at universities, churches, and other adult education programs. He also served as Chaplain for Jewish Family Services, providing regular visits to Jewish residents in nursing homes, and residences; as well as serving as Jewish resource and scholar for various health care organizations and programs. Additionally, he taught in a local Melton program, as part of JCC adult education and in a Day School, and he developed a more welcoming and engaging prayer experience through the introduction of a new siddur and mahzor, as well as teaching, and creation of instructional pamphlets. He developed relations with Christian congregations through shared adult education programs and participation in local interfaith groups. .........................................................................................................................