Rabbi Efraim Warshaw
Dr. Warshaw brought his dynamic public speaking and teaching style to Temple Ner Tamid as part of a long career as a congregational rabbi in New York and California. He
enjoys working with people in the community, sharing his enthusiasm for life, ideas, people and Judaism.

Nourishing Your Spiritual, 

A graduate of Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Cantor Jaffe has served congregations in New York, New Jersey, Florida, Missouri and California. Prior to entering the cantorate, Cantor Jaffe sang opera professionally throughout the United States, having performed dozens of roles in several opera companies.

Cantor Jaffe is deeply committed to the furthering of Jewish culture and religion through the medium of music. His bibliography, “Hidden Treasures: Large Musical Works for Solo Voice(s) on Jewish Themes by Jewish Composers” will be published later this year by Scarecrow Press and will be the most extensive Jewish music bibliography published in the last fifty years.


His songs have been published by Transcontinental Music and are sung in many congregations around the country. He expects to complete a CD of original songs for Jewish Preschool children by the fall of 2009.


Cantor Jaffe has concertized throughout the country and was recently chosen as the tenor soloist in a work written by Ben Steinberg for the American Conference of Cantor’s 50th Annual Convention Concert. He also is an exhibited ceramic artist, creating Judaica works, including seder plates, Mezuzot and Havdalah sets. He is the proud husband of Deanna Ableser, a nationally respected drama educator, and the father of Zahava (a budding cantor?).  

Norberto Guinaldo, Organist

A highly regarded composer, Norberto Guinaldo has artfully enhanced the services at Temple Ner Tamid for more than 45 years. 

Mr. Guinaldo’s prize-winning compositions have been performed by concert artists in Europe, Latin America and the United States. He attended the School of Fine Arts and the Catholic University in his native Buenos Aires before graduating from UC Riverside and the Schola Cantorum in Paris.

Educational, Cultural,
& Social Needs  
A Message From the Rabbi:                                                     

Shalom and thank you for visiting our website and hope you have an opportunity to visit us while in Downey.                  

Cantor Kenneth Jaffe

Cantor Kenneth Jaffe has had the pleasure of serving Temple Ner Tamid of Downey from 2003-2005 and is delighted to have come back with its congregation in 2009. 

Temple Ner Tamid
10629 Lakewood Blvd., Downey, CA 90241

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Meet the Rabbi & Cantor

An instructor at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles, Rabbi Warshaw is a gifted teacher who has specialized in Adult Education and Programming.
The rabbi also loves the arts and has planned and produced many community-wide concerts of Jewish music, dance and drama. His special love for children and young people has enabled him to successfully direct Jewish schools, youth groups and summer camps.

During the decade of 1980-‘90, Rabbi Warshaw fulfilled a life’s dream of living in Israel. There he met his wife, Yehudit, a native of Jerusalem, a high school teacher and teacher-trainer at the Hebrew University. The couple raised three children in Israel and the U.S. The family makes its home in Sherman Oaks.

The rabbi worked in Israel as a supplier to the burgeoning Israeli aerospace, military and electronics industries. Rabbi Warshaw also has served as the historian and researcher for "Against All Odds: Israel Survives", a 13-part TV series made for TBN and aired world-wide. This documentary tells the story of dozens of Israeli soldiers who experienced miracles on the battlefield in Israel’s wars for survival. He is also a consultant for Israel’s Bible Village project, which is patterned after Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia.

He holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of Judaism in Los Angeles, a master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Columbia University, and a doctorate in Hebrew Education & Culture from New York University. He was ordained as a rabbi by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.

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