Clergy

 

Rabbi Diana Fersko

Rabbi Fersko is proud to be the new Senior Rabbi at the Village Temple in downtown Manhattan.  Before joining Village Temple, Rabbi Fersko served at New York City’s Stephen Wise Free Synagogue for seven years as Associate Rabbi. There, she worked closely with hundreds of families to strengthen Jewish identity. She is the founder of Shabbat After Dark which was the city’s largest, longest running Shabbat gathering for millenials. 

Rabbi Fersko was selected as a member of the inaugural cohort of Shalom Hartman Institute’s Created Equal Fellowship and she is the former National Vice President of the Women’s Rabbinic Network. Rabbi Fersko received her rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College where she also earned a master’s degree in Hebrew literature.  A prolific writer, her writing and speaking has been distributed widely in the press.

She resides on the Upper West Side with her family. 

Rabbi Fersko can be reached by calling the Temple office or through her email.

 

NancyBachCantor Nancy Bach

Cantor Bach joined The Village Temple as part-time Cantor in 2015, training B’nei Mitzvah students and leading Services. She received her Cantorial Ordination from the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music at Hebrew Union College in Spring 2013.

A native New Yorker, Nancy has worked with a number of Synagogue communities in Manhattan and Brooklyn, including the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, Metropolitan Synagogue, and Central Synagogue where she taught a series of Exploring Judaism classes for adults considering conversion. Before Ordination, she served as Student Cantor at the Brooklyn Heights Synagogue for 3 years.  She takes great pride and care in fostering Jewish connections with people who come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, and instilling a love of Judaism both on and off the bimah.

Before beginning her Cantorial studies, Nancy worked in the fields of Musical Theater and Corporate Arts Marketing.  She received her B.A. in Semiotics, with a focus on Theater and Music, from Brown University.

Cantor Bach’s proudest accomplishment is her 6 year old, Caleb, who never passes up an opportunity to raise his voice at VT.   To learn more about Cantor Bach click here.

Cantor Bach can be reached by calling the Temple office or through her email.