Rabbis & Staff

Rabbis & Staff


Senior Rabbi
Office: (561) 394-0394
Cell: (561) 702-4198 (for emergencies only)
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Rabbi Efrem Goldberg is the Senior Rabbi of the Boca Raton Synagogue (BRS), a rapidly-growing congregation of over 700 families and over 1,000 children in Boca Raton, Florida. BRS is the largest Orthodox Synagogue in the Southeast United States. Rabbi Goldberg's warm and welcoming personality has helped attract people of diverse backgrounds and ages to feel part of the BRS community, reinforcing the BRS credo of 'Valuing Diversity and Celebrating Unity.'

Rabbi Goldberg came to Boca Raton in 1999 as a member of the Boca Raton Community Kollel, where he founded the BRS Lome Explanatory Service and initiated many learning and outreach programs. In 2001, he became Assistant Rabbi of BRS, in 2003 he was named Associate Rabbi, and in 2005 he was appointed Senior Rabbi.

In addition to his position at BRS, Rabbi Goldberg plays a leadership role in many vital components of the greater South Florida community, and in 2010 he was recognized as one of South Florida's Most Influential Jewish Leaders (to read about it click here). He serves as Co-Chair of the Orthodox Rabbinical Board's Va'ad Ha'Kashrus, as Director of the Rabbinical Council of America's South Florida Regional Beis Din for Conversion, and as Posek of the Boca Raton Mikvah. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, Hillel Day School, Torah Academy of Boca Raton, and Friends of the Israel Defense Forces.

Additionally, Rabbi Goldberg is involved in a number of national organizations and projects. He serves as Vice President of the Rabbinical Council of America and as Chairman of the Orthodox Union Legacy Group, and is a member of the AIPAC National Council. In 2011, Rabbi Goldberg was invited to deliver the invocation to the U.S. House of Representatives (to watch a video of the invocation click here).

Rabbi Goldberg has been actively engaged in Outreach efforts in South Florida since joining the Community Kollel and continues to be deeply committed to inspiring Jews of all backgrounds throughout Palm Beach County. BRS sponsors a comprehensive Adult Education Program for adults at all levels of background and observance, as well as programs for teenagers, young children, and college students on their campuses. Rabbi Goldberg personally leads numerous weekly learning opportunities for large and small groups, as well as individualized study. Many of his classes are available on the internet to listen please click here. He has been involved in producing videos aimed at providing instruction and inspiration (such as here and here). In 2011, Rabbi Goldberg and Rabbi Broide were recognized by the National Jewish Outreach Program for BRS's commitment to outreach (to see NJOP's video click here).

Rabbi Goldberg is passionate in his support and love of Israel and has been a tireless and forceful advocate for Israel. In 2010, he was part of a small delegation of rabbis invited to the White House for meetings with the Administration about the U.S.-Israel relationship. In 2011, Rabbi Goldberg received the Star of David Award from Israel Bonds in recognition of his support.  In June of 2012, Rabbi Goldberg was invited to a small meeting of Orthodox Jewish Leaders with President Obama in the White House.

Rabbi Goldberg is married to Yocheved and has seven children, Racheli, Atara, Leora, Tamar, Estee, Temima and Shai.



Assistant Rabbi
Office: (561) 394-0394
Cell: (561) 491-2338 (for emergencies only)
Rabbi Philip Moskowitz, our new Assistant Rabbi was previously the Assistant to the Rabbi at the Young Israel of Holliswood, NY and a Program Director at Yeshiva University's Center for the Jewish future. In his capacity at Young Israel of Holliswood, Rabbi Moskowitz gave frequent classes and sermons. At YU, Rabbi Moskowitz was responsible for harnessing the vast resources of the university to strategically support and enrich communities around North America with transformational initiatives.  He is a graduate of Yeshiva College and has received his rabbinic ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary.  Rabbi Moskowitz is joined by his wife Arielle and their children Moshe and Shayna.  He can be reached at rpm@brsonline.org or at the Shul office.


Outreach Rabbi 
Office: (561) 394-0394
Cell: (561) 702-3864 (for emergencies only)
Rabbi Josh Broide is the Outreach Rabbi at Boca Raton Synagogue and the Director of the Boca Raton Jewish Experience. He has worked at BRS for the past 12 years and has also served as the shul's Executive Director and Youth Director. Before launching the BRJE he served at the Director of JSU South Florida and regularly attends the March of the Living and NCSY's The Jerusalem Journey. Rabbi Broide received his Rabbinical Ordination and earned a Masters in Advanced Talmudic Law from the Ner Israel Rabbinical College, as well as a Masters in Special Education and in School Administration and Supervision from Johns Hopkins University. He is the recipient of the prestigious Grinspoon/Steinhardt Award for Excellence in Jewish Education. He is the host of Jewish Pride Radio and the co-producer of Jewish Pride Films. Josh and his wife Simone have five children, Ayala, Avigayil. Eliana, Asher Yosef & Ahuva Leah.


Synagogue Administrator
Office: (561) 394-0394
Cell: (561) 491-2336 (for emergencies only)
Matthew Hocherman graduated from Johnson & Wales University as Valedictorian with an Associate and Bachelor degree in Hospitality Management. Matthew was employed at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach for four years and then transferred to The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach in 2008. With this transfer, Matthew moved to Boca Raton and fell in love with the warmth and caring of the community and synagogue. This helped lead him to the decision after 2 years to leave the Ritz-Carlton company, and join the BRS Family. Matthew and his wife Tova got married in October 2010 and had the privilege of welcoming their son, Zev Solomon, to the world in September of 2012.


BRS West Rabbi
(561) 299-1277
The Boca Raton Synagogue West Boca satellite is under the spiritual leadership of Rabbi Mordechai Smolarcik. Rabbi Smolarcik has over 25 years of experience in presenting teens and adults with a Judaism that is a relevant and dynamic part of their lives. Rabbi Smolarcik has served in multiple capacities on behalf of the National Conference of Synagogue Youth (NCSY) and the Orthodox Union. Until recently, Rabbi Smolarcik served as the Regional Director of NCSY's Southern Region and continues to serve as Director of NCSY's Jewish Overseas Leadership Summer program. Rabbi Smolarcik also has served as the Rabbi of the Young Israel of Aventura, Florida and currently teaches Judaic studies at the Hillel Day School of Boca Raton. Rabbi Smolarcik has a bachelor's degree in Talmudic Law and rabbinical ordination from the Talmudic University of Florida and is currently pursuing his doctorate in clinical psychology.


Teen Rabbi
Office: (561) 394-0394
Rabbi Uri Pilichowski grew up in Fair Lawn, New Jersey with Rabbi Benjamin Yudin and Rabbi Saul Zucker as his mentors and teachers. After attending the Frisch School, Rabbi Pilichowski studied Torah at Yeshivat Sha’arei Mevaseret Zion, Israel. After marrying Aliza, Rabbi Pilichowski joined the Meretz Kollel, and the Kollel of Yeshivat Sha’arei Mevaseret Zion.  After completing his Rabbinical studies, under the supervision of Rabbi Sinai Adler, he moved to Beverly Hills where he became the assistant Rabbi of Beth Jacob congregation of Beverly Hills. As Assistant Rabbi, Rabbi Pilichowski helped Rabbi Steven Weil build Beth Jacob, assisted his wife Aliza with the youth department, headed Beth Jacob's Kollel, and still found time for his favorite pastime- teaching Torah at six local schools, Hillel, YULA boys, YULA girls, Shalhevet, Maimonides and JSU’s Torah High.
An Israeli citizen and former member of the Israel Civil Defense, Rabbi Pilichowski prides himself in his involvement with the Pro-Israel community. He writes weekly divrei Torah for AIPAC, and with AIPAC’s help began the first national teen pro-Israel group – The Los Angeles Pro-Israel Teens, a group of 160 committed teen activists from five institutions in Southern California.
Rabbi Pilichowski also enjoys writing; he is the author of three books, a book on time management, called "Eis La'asos L'Hashem,” “The Sedra,” on the weekly Torah portion and "The Moadim," which discusses the festivals. He writes widely distributed weekly Dvar Torah newsletters for both adults and kids.

Aliza grew up in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Since she was 12 years old, Aliza was involved in education and leadership, by babysitting and beginning varied chesed programs, camps, and activities for kids. Aliza went on to work at HASC (a camp for mentally and physically handicapped children and adults) for three summers, volunteered for Bikur Cholim of Rockland County by running various programs for kids with special needs and organizing weekly trips for kids in the community to visit the hospitals. After completing one and a half years of study at Michlelet Mevaseret Yerushalayim, Aliza married Rabbi Uri Pilichowski and moved to Mevaseret Zion. It was there that they became well known for their warm home, hospitality and genuine concern for each of their students in the Yeshiva by providing them with a home away from home. It is this warmth and excitement that they brought to Beth Jacob Congregation of Beverly Hills, CA.
Alizas_profile_picALIZA PILICHOWSKI
Youth Director
Office: (561) 394-0394
Aliza moved to Beverly Hills and together with her husband created a dynamic youth department.  Aliza engaged the Beverly Hills/Los Angeles community and implemented a systemic change and created a culture of caring and responsibility that have become staples in Beth Jacob.  While in Beverly Hills, Aliza worked closely with many schools and organizations such as Stand Up for Kids, Yad Eliezer, Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy and the Los Angeles Jewish Federation. Aliza was chosen as a participant in the Los Angeles Federations’ New Leaders Project.
It is with these same goals of creating community, excitement and engagement that Aliza is here at BRS!  Aliza is excited to meet every parent and child.  Please introduce yourself and set up a time to get to know her.  Aliza is the proud mom of Avigayil, Temimah, Gila, Naomi, Tova and Moshe.


Rabbi Emeritus

Rabbi Kenneth Brander is Rabbi Emeritus of Boca Raton Synagogue. Rabbi Brander was named Dean of the Center for the Jewish Future (CJF) in October of 2004. CJF is the nexus of Yeshiva University's efforts to shape and effectively impact Jewish life and the Jewish future. Collaborating with YU's colleges, schools, and affiliates, CJF helps to build programs and initiatives which actively develop future Jewish lay and professional leadership. CJF also focuses on using Yeshiva University's vast academic, rabbinic and student resources to help shape Jewish public policy, leadership and partnership strategies, and community strengthening in Israel and throughout the Diaspora.

Rabbi's Administrative Assistant
Office: (561) 394-0394
Fax: (561) 394-0180

Office Manager
Office: (561) 394-0394
Fax: (561) 394-0180

Book Keeper
Office: (561) 394-3525
Fax: (561) 394-0180
Office: (561) 394-3525
Fax: (561) 394-0180
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