Our Clergy

Linda Shriner-Cahn color

Rabbi Linda Shriner-Cahn is the spiritual leader of Congregation Tehillah in Riverdale, NY. Tehillah is a community committed to a climate of purposeful inclusion, where all can feel safe, valued, cared for, and given an opportunity to form meaningful connections with one another while engaging in prayer, emphasizing the spirituality of music, tikkun olam, and study. The Tehillah community cherishes the diversity of humanity, a diversity that includes differences in sex, age, race, ethnicity, and national origin, range of abilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, financial means, education, and political perspective.

Rabbi Linda enables individuals and communities to find the holy elements in the mundane. By listening and understanding the spiritual needs in
others, Rabbi Linda empowers people to learn and own their Jewish inheritance. 

Rabbi Linda conceives of Tehillah as a hearth fire that warms all who come near, from wherever they originate—recognizing and appreciating people’s differences and honoring various paths with multiple ages teaching one another.

During Rabbi Linda’s tenure, Tehillah has forged bonds and engaged in joint activities with many Christian and Muslim neighboring institutions. Building upon Tehillah’s history and strength as an inclusive community, Rabbi Linda has collaborated with the Riverdale Y and a wide range of institutions to bring people together, to study and to perform deeds of
lovingkindess.

Rabbi Linda is currently the head of the community’s Interfaith Clergy Conference, serves on the Board of the Manhattan College Holocaust Genocide Interfaith Center and is Vice President of the Association of Rabbis and Cantors.

Previously, Rabbi Linda served as Associate Rabbi of Congregation Mount Sinai in Brooklyn, NY. A former president of President of Congregation Ansche Chesed in New York, Rabbi Shriner-Cahn also held professional leadership positions at the Covenant Foundation and the Academy for Jewish Religion.  Rabbi Linda received her Rabbinic Ordination from the Academy for Jewish Religion, her M.A. in Theatre Education from Emerson College and her B.A. in Drama from Franklin and Marshall College.