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Religious School Faculty

    
Lauren Miller - K/1st Grade
 
Lauren joined the TSWE staff in January of 2020. She has been an elementary school teacher for over 10 years with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Special Education. Her love for Judaism is demonstrated and portrayed throughout each hands-on lesson she provides. Her goal is to create a warm, loving and fun environment, where her student’s love for learning Judaism will undoubtedly shine. She lives in Cedar Grove with her husband Luke, her daughter, Ella Shay and her two cats, Trixie and Riley.
    
Jan Levitt, 2nd Grade
 
Jan grew up in New City, New York and had the wonderful experience of having her bat mitzvah in Israel. It was an incredible journey but not as incredible as going back in 2018 on a trip with other moms.  Being able to travel through Israel as an adult, with peers from New Jersey, was the most wonderful journey she ever experienced. Most recently, Jan was a nursery school teacher by day and a Religious School teacher by night at Temple Beth Tikvah in Wayne. Through the Passaic County Chabad, Jan is an intricate part of the Friendship Circle where she and her family volunteer. Jan was honored by Friendship Circle, receiving the “Queen’s Tea” award. Jan lives in Wayne with her husband Lee and her three children, Zack, Syd and Sky. 
    
Allison Ziegler - Hebrew Through Movement (K-2nd Grade)
 
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.
     
Gabi Levin - 3rd Grade Hebrew
 
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.
     
Debbie Winter - 3rd Grade Jewish Studies
 
Debbie has been a teacher of the deaf and special education for over 25 years. She currently works at First Children School in Fanwood NJ. She was a madricha (teen leader) in her own Religious School growing up and taught music at her temple when she was in 10th grade. Debbie has been teaching Hebrew and Jewish Studies in Religious School since she was 19. She loves teaching children about Judaism and loves sharing about Jewish values, holidays and traditions.  She grew up in Livingston and currently lives in West Orange with her husband, 2 daughters and one doggie daughter.
 
     
Boaz Kimelman, 4th Gr Hebrew Teacher
 
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.
 
 
Debbie Ann Weiner, 4th  Grade
Judaics Teacher
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.
 
   
 
Cara Moroze, Youth Group Advisor for TaSTYKef! (Fun!) for Kgn-5th Grade &  5th Grade Hebrew Teacher
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.
   
 
Juliet Barr - 6th Gr Hebrew, 8th Gr Hebrew and Teen Educator in J*Connect
 
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.
 
 
Meryle Handler, 6th Grade Jewish Studies, 7th Grade
 
 
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.
     
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.
 
 

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. 

 


Alicia Raskin - TSWE TYKES

Alicia has been working at TSWE since 2017. She holds a Master’s degree in Elementary Education, Teacher of the Handicap license and is a Certified Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant. Alicia has many years of classroom experience and was also a learning specialist. She has always been involved in numerous Jewish and Israeli organizations. Her creative and energetic nature shine throughout her lessons, where Judaism is at the core.  She lives in West Orange with her husband and three boys who attend Golda Och Academy.
Thu, January 28 2021 15 Sh'vat 5781