B'nai Or's Spiritual Leaders

Shalom Chaverim,
B’nai Or is a loving, creative, spiritual family that has been exploring the realms of joyful prayer and compassionate service since it was brought to life over thirty years ago by Lev and Joyce Friedman. The traditions of the community are rooted in the Jewish practices of Torah, Avodah, and Gemilut Hasadim - Mindfulness, Devotion and Acts of Kindness. It is our prayer for the coming year that we can work and play together to renew a sense of purpose and connection and discover our current needs and strengths.

B'nai Or Steering Committee

Today, under the guidance and leadership of our rabbi, Suri Krieger, B'nai Or continues to offer a spiritual home to those seeking a hamish, or family-like community. We invite you to check us out and...

Meet Rabbi Suri...


From October, 2015, through June, 2016, Rabbi Suri served the B'nai Or community in an Interim Rabbi capacity. Effective July, 2016, Rabbi Suri returned to the B'nai Or community as Rabbi and Spiritual Leader. Rabbi Suri is a musical rabbi educator, forged from a Pluralistic and Renewal background. Rabbi Suri met Reb Zalmon in the early days of Jewish Renewal, attending the first Fellowship Farm Retreats and having the privilege of his wisdom and guidance as her PhD advisor at Temple University. She is currently an adjunct professor at Sacred Heart University, where she teaches courses in Bible, Judaism and Ethics.

Her primary spiritual and aesthetic connection to Judaism has always been through music; Rabbi Suri was the music and drama director at Solomon Schechter Day School, Bergen County, NJ for some 20 years. Her most recent pulpit (the past 8 years) was Chavurah Beth Chai of Northern Westchester, NY, an intentionally pluralistic, non-institutional spiritual community. In these and various other Jewish settings she weaves an intriguing tapestry of story, song, prayer and poetry.

Rabbi Suri received ordination from the Academy for Jewish Religion in May 2008. her mission includes building bridges between communities and people of different Jewish backgrounds and different faith backgrounds, through learning, singing and doing together. She pushes the creative Jewish envelope, infusing alternative liturgy with spiritual resonance, challenging traditional text until it yields contemporary meaning, and working proactively towards tikkun olam.

Spiritual Leadership Team:
Rabbinic Pastor Matia Rania Angelou, Eshet Hazon
Rabbi Lea-h Campolo
Rabbi Janie Hodgetts
Rabbinic Pastor Shayndel Kahn
Eshet Hazon Dr. Julie Leavitt
Cantorial Activist Avi Davis

Rabbis Emeriti
Rabbis Hanna Tiferet and Daniel Siegel
Rabbi Lev Baesh
Rabbinic Pastor Matia Angelou, Eshet Hazon

Founder and long-time leader: Reb Lev Friedman


On-going Programs:
Annual Community Retreat/ Tribes/ Tikkun Olam Upcoming Events/ Chanting/ JL Scholarship Fund