Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus

Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus, son of Holocaust survivors, was raised in an Orthodox environment in Boro Park, Brooklyn. A graduate of Brooklyn College with a degree in philosophy, he earned a Master of Education degree from NYU and was ordained at Yeshiva Beth Meir of Tel Aviv in 1972. Rabbi Wainhaus served congregations in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia and in Manhattan prior to becoming Congregation Or Shalom’s first and only rabbi in 1981. He has two children: Maya, a graduate of Barnard College, and Rafi, a graduate of Green Mountain College in Vermont ... more ]

Rachel Steigleder

Synagogue Administrator - A graduate of Joseph A. Foran High School in Milford, Rachel earned her college degree at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield. Her professional background is in marketing and management, having worked in the health insurance field and for non-profit organizations. For the past 13 years Rachel has been a full-time mom while working part time as the Program Director for Hope After Loss and ... [ more ]

Ileane Kaczynski

Administrative Assistant - Ileane takes on many roles at the Synagogue. She is an Administrative Assistant and takes on many tasks in the office; she is also our "shopper" for Onegs and Kiddush. Ileane can be found on Wednesdays and Sundays helping the Hebrew School out. Before coming to Or Shalom Ileane was a substitute teacher for the Milford School System. Her many hobbies include, volunteering, book club, seeing movies and enjoying her husband and three daughters. [ more ]

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