Our People

Rabbi Bernard Rothman (Founder)

Rabbi Bernard E. Rothman was the founding Rav Hamachshir of the Tri County Vaad Hakashrus (predecessor of the Cherry K Vaad Hakashrus) which served the Camden, Burlington and Gloucester Counties of New Jersey for over 40 years.

Rabbi Rothman received Semicha from Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik and Rabbi Samuel Belkin, President of Yeshiva University. He also did graduate work at Columbia University and Dropsie College, where he completed his studies in the Doctoral Program.

Rabbi Rothman is Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Sons of Israel in Cherry Hill, NJ where he served as Rabbi for 40 years. He is past president of the Rabbinic Alumni of Yeshiva University and former Vice President of the Rabbinical Council of America. He received numerous awards including the National Rabbinic Award from the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America.

Rabbi Ephraim Epstein (Rav Hamachshir)

Rabbi Ephraim Epstein grew up in Northern New Jersey. For generations the Epstein family has well known for their integrity and success in the international kosher food business. Ephraim, however chose a path of Avodas Hakodesh studying in Yeshiva after college and then in the Kollel of Rav Moshe CHait zt”l in Jerusalem for several years.

Rabbi  Ephraim Epstein received his Semicha (ordination) from HaRav Berel Wein shlitta in Jerusalem.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Boston University and an EdS degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the College of New Jersey. After marrying in 1991, Rabbi Epstein and his wife, Debi, resided in Israel for nine years. He served as a founding administrator and lecturer at the Center for Torah Studies in Jerusalem, a division of Ohr Somayach International. During this time, he taught Talmud, Tanach and Ethics to hundreds of students. Rabbi Epstein also traveled to North America, where he lectured on a myriad of torah topics at synagogues, conventions and universities, including the University of Georgia, University of Wisconsin, Brandeis University and the University of Oregon.

In Elul 5761/2000, Rabbi Epstein and his family arrived in Cherry Hill. He became the Assistant Rabbi of Congregation Sons of Israel for three years, and then succeeded Rabbi Bernard Rothman as Senior Rabbi. In addition to his work on behalf of the Congregation, he serves the entire Jewish community overseeing the local Cherry K Vaad Hakashruth, the Eruv, the Mikvah as well as the Chevrah Kadishah.

Rabbi Epstein writes a weekly column entitled Tefilla Tips that is featured on this website as well as on the Orthodox Union website. This year he has helped orchestrate a National Tefilla Initiative to inspire Jews to attend to and improve their Tefillah. Rabbi Epstein also writes Parsha and Kashruth articles in regional Jewish periodicals. Rabbi Epstein, his wife Debi and their nine children B”H welcome guests to their home regularly and can be found involved in every aspect of Jewish life in Cherry Hill and beyond.

Chanah Rubinsky (Executive Director)

Chanah was born and raised in Philadelphia. Since moving to Cherry Hill in 1999, she and her husband have become ba-alei tchuva, with a large emphasis in learning all phases of kashrut. 

A graduate of Warren National University with a degree in business administration, Chanah has been employed at a Philadelphia Center City law firm since 1988. She also previously owned and operated a successful full-service catering company and a chocolate candy manufacturing company. Chanah took over the administration of Cherry K Vaad Hakashruth in 2008.

Interested in all phases of learning about kashrut, Chanah recently attended and successfully completed the First Women’s Program for Mashgichot at Star K headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland.

Her favorite pastime includes cooking and reading. Some of her favorite books include The 39 MalachosThe Practical Kosher Kitchen, and Harry Potter.