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Juliet Barr
6th Grade Hebrew
6th Gr PREP Online
Advisor for Club 678
 
Juliet Barr joined the Temple Sholom team in September 2020, but she is not new to Jewish Education.  She has taught in Westchester, Rockland, Passaic, and Bergen Counties, and even as far away as Vancouver, Washington. Previously she co-founded Kadima, a multi-congregation Jewish High School program, and for many years, ran the Bergen Academy of Reform Judaism  – the area’s regional High School. Jewish Education is her passion and she loves to create lessons that are meaningful, fun and engaging.  During her years of work with tween, teens and young adults she has created exciting programming for both in and out of the classroom.  Juliet describes her style as experiential education: accessible, current, and tailored to her learners. During the pandemic she has broadened her skills to include teaching online, gardening on her deck and playing guitar, all with varying degrees of success.  Juliet lives in Ramsey with her husband.
 
 
   
 
Amy Bitton
7th Grade
 
Amy was raised in Philadelphia and graduated from Yeshiva University in NYC. For many years Amy worked in Jewish group homes for adults with special needs and fondly remembers chaperoning a trip to Israel. Amy has taught Religious School in NJ since 2008 and is always looking for ways to engage the students to make it fun and interactive. Amy strives to have her students excited to learn and connect with each other while developing strong Jewish pride. Her passion for teaching stems from the excitement from her own 3 children’s eyes when they were young and learning about their Jewish heritage. Amy is a certified health and lifestyle coach where she helps her clients with self-care and creating balance - filling their own cups in order to be the best version of themselves. She uses some of her techniques to empower her students in the classroom.  Amy currently resides in West Orange. 
 
 
     
Jason Flatt
J*Connect Tikkun Olam Teens Faculty
 
Jason is a longtime camp counselor and Reform Jewish teen programming alum. He was the Head Songleader at URJ (Union for Reform Judaism) Camp Harlam, has worked with URJ Mitzvah Corps (a social justice summer program for teens) and the Religious Action Center. Jason is a Hebrew High School graduate and has been teaching Religious School and leading services ever since. He graduated from Binghamton University in 2018 with a Masters in Public Administration and in 2016 with a Bachelors in Political Science. Jason enjoys sharing his experience and passion with teens to help them empower their own experience. In his day job, Jason works at Elijah’s Promise in New Brunswick, NJ, a soup kitchen and anti-hunger organization where he manages food recovery programs and other non-traditional engagement with the local food system. In his free time, he likes to hike, read, play soccer, and write. Jason lives in East Brunswick.
 
 
Meryle Handler
6th Grade Jewish Studies
 
 
Meryle was born and bred in Brooklyn, NY and still retains her accent. She has been in education since 1971 teaching in public schools, private schools and religious schools in NY and NJ. She holds three degrees in Education including a Master’s in Special Education and has Teacher of the Handicap license. She’s the grandma of 6 grandchildren who are her pride and joy. She currently lives in Pine Brook.
     
Boaz Kimelman
4th Grade Hebrew
 
Boaz was born in Jerusalem and grew up outside of Tel Aviv. After serving in the Israeli air force for 4 years, Boaz relocated to the United States to study art and graphic design in Boston and New York. During the past 30 years, Boaz has lived in both Israel and the U.S. He has taught and tutored in two Reform congregations in New Jersey. In describing his art Boaz explains, "Although I have lived in the United States for many years, I have remained passionate and connected to Israel in a deep and profound way. I have brought out my “artistic voice” by creating artwork that uses Hebrew letters and words.” He loves bringing his art into the 4th grade classroom. Boaz lives in Millburn with his wife and two sons.
 
 
     
Gabi Levin
3rd Grade
6th Grade PREP Online
 
Gabi has been teaching at TSWE since 2016. She has an extensive Jewish education and is a Jewish day school graduate. She grew up in Baltimore and moved to the New York/New Jersey area to pursue a career in entertainment. She currently lives in South Orange and enjoys playing her ukulele, aerial fitness and recreation softball. She graduated from Rider University with a BFA in performing arts. During her college years she taught science, dance and singing.
   
 
Cara Moroze
2nd Grade
5th Grade Hebrew
Youth Group Advisor for TaSTYKef! (Fun!) for Kgn-5th Grade
 
Perhaps it was all those years from Kindergarten through 12th grade at Temple Israel in Boston that shaped Cara’s love for Jewish education and youth organizations. Or her studies and extracurricular experiences at Bowdoin College that led her on this path. Or maybe it was the twelve years she served on faculty as a 4th grade teacher and b'nai mitzvah tutor at Chicago Sinai Congregation. Or the last five years she has continued to tutor b’nai mitzvah here in New Jersey and NYC. Indeed, it was the culmination of all those experiences that led Cara to become a 5th grade Hebrew teacher and K-5 Youth Group Advisor for TaSTYKef! at Temple Sholom.  Cara lives in Montclair with her husband Adam, and teenage sons Daniel and Charlie. She enjoys being part of the TSWE community and inspiring the youngest members of our congregation to connect to Judaism in fun, creative and meaningful ways.
 
 
     
Michelle Nadel
5th Grade Jewish Studies
 
 
Michelle hails from Brooklyn and made her way to New Jersey in the 80s. She joined the TSWE faculty in 2017 and has been teaching Jewish Preschool and Religious School for over 20 years. In her free time she enjoys being outdoors, rock and roll music, curling up with a good book and spending time with her family. Michelle loves sharing her passion for Judaism with her students. She lives in Montville with her husband, Craig.

Jillian Reich, Volunteer Inclusion Coordinator
Jillian Reich is a TSWE member who volunteers her time to partner with parents and teachers to help our students with educational and behavioral challenges thrive in Religious School. Jillian is an educational consultant and adjunct professor of education at Montclair State University where she teaches classes on inclusive education centered around the principles of Universal Design for Learning and Differentiation and student engagement.  Teaching graduate and undergraduate classes, Jillian serves teacher interns who are in the midst of their student teaching.  In her partnership with numerous NJ school districts, Jillian has facilitated various programs that led to success for diverse learners in classrooms.  Prior to her work in New Jersey schools and MSU, Jillian spent 10 years classroom teaching and instructional coaching in New York City.  She currently lives in Montclair with her husband Andrew and children Lila and Sam.
 
 
 
Serena Solomon
7th Grade
 
Serena hails from Brooklyn, NY and Rockland County, NY but now resides in Livingston, NJ with her husband, 5 children, a dog (Shepsel) and a cat (Ketzel).  Though Serena is a licensed tax attorney who worked in corporate settings, her heart has always been in Jewish education.  Serena has been teaching in Hebrew Schools across the tri-state area since she was 17 years old.  In addition to teaching Judaics and Hebrew, Serena also teaches Bar and Bat Mitzvah students to read from the Torah.    Serena's love of Jewish education follows through to adults as well.  She lectures to adults on topics of Medieval Jewish History and the Renaissance.   Her love and enthusiasm for all things Jewish as well as her depth of knowledge gives her a certain edge when teaching. In her spare time, Serena is the owner of Cinco Da Mama - a personalization business. When she isn't in New Jersey working on her garden, you'll find her on a plane to Europe researching or visiting Israel.
 
 
 
 
Debbie Ann Weiner
K/1st Grade
4th Grade Jewish Studies
Debbie has been actively involved in the Jewish community since she was a teenager volunteering in her synagogue’s Religious School.  Always active in her synagogue, she has served as newsletter editor, public relations specialist, and library coordinator.  During her many years of teaching Religious School at Reform synagogues, she has taught first, fourth, sixth and seventh grades. She spent many summers as an Arts and Crafts specialist at day camp and brings those creative abilities to her classroom. A graduate of Rutgers University, she taught English and Special Education in several middle and high schools.  Debbie lives in Clifton with her husband Clifford and a Siamese cat named Jasmine.
 
 
 
    
Allison Ziegler
Hebrew Through Movement (K-2nd Grade)
6th Grade PREP Online
 
Allison has been teaching at TSWE since 2018 and has over 12 years of experience teaching at another reform synagogue - Beth Tikvah in Wayne, where she is a member. Allison feels that teaching Religious School is b’sheret (meant to be) because there were no job opportunities and then suddenly, one became available within a week. She is thrilled to be our Hebrew Through Movement teacher where she can use her Hebrew skills to help our youngest students learn Hebrew in a fun way. She is passionate about Israel and has traveled there several times to visit her Israeli family. Allison loves yoga, running and reading. She lives in Wayne with her husband and two sons.
Sat, December 4 2021 30 Kislev 5782