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Rabbi Ronald Roth was born in Far Rockaway, Queens and spent his childhood in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from Cornell University with a BA in theatre arts. After spending three years as a teacher, he decided to attend Rabbinical School at the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he received an M.A. in Rabbinics and Rabbinic Ordination. He served Beth El Synagogue in East Windsor, New Jersey for seven years and then left for a larger congregation, West End Synagogue in Nashville, Tennessee. In 2007 he was chosen Rabbi of the Fair Lawn Jewish Center/ Congregation B’nai Israel. He retired in 2019 and was granted the title Rabbi Emeritus.
Rabbi Roth was diagnosed with Essential Thrombocythemia in 1990. It progressed to Myelofibrosis in 2015. On August 31, 2018 he received a bone marrow transplant at Mt. Sinai Medical Center. His haploid (half match) donor was his son Gabe. He is now recovering well.
He is a volunteer Ambassador for Be The Match, the national bone marrow registry. He continues to teach an adult education class for the congregation, Jewish Ethics NOW: the Pandemic, Race, and the Economy.
Rabbi Roth is married to Rhonda Cass Roth, a former newspaper columnist and communications director, and they are the parents of two adult children, Gabe and Deena.