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before joining Temple B'nai Abraham in 2012,  Melissa had served as the Director of Education and Lifelong Learning of Morristown Jewish Center Beit Yisrael, Morristown, NJ,   Previously serving Reform, Reconstructionist and Conservative synagogues in Massachusetts, Missouri and New Jersey, she has created curriculum for CAJE in St. Louis and presented workshops on Family Education in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Missouri.

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Marlene Libby, Early School  Administrative Assistant

Brenda Small, Religious School Administrative Assistant
 

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integrates physical and spiritual health in her work at temple. Karen meets with our members and their families to assist in making lifestyle choices, grapple with spiritual issues, consult on health concerns and helps connect families to community resources. Karen holds degrees in psychology and nursing, is a certified Jewish Spiritual Director. She is a partner at the Kalsman Institute for Judaism and Health, a national project of Hebrew Union College, and has served as a Synagogue 3000 faculty member, and is member of SeRaF, a fellowship of Jewish Healing Professionals.

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joined the staff of Temple B’nai Abraham in 1991. As Facilities Manager, he oversees a staff of dedicated workers. In addition, Tracey manages the operations of the Temple’s computer systems and technology services. A Microsoft Office Specialist and Microsoft Certified Professional, Tracey continues to pursue his education in the computer field. Tracey has guided the temple in implementing "green" and environmentally-friendly efforts in many aspects of temple life. He studied electronics at DeVry Technical Institute in Woodbridge and attended Union County College in Cranford.

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has been with the Temple B’nai Abraham staff since 1984. She is a veritable fount of knowledge when it comes to anything regarding TBA, whether past, present or even future! Her computer expertise is legendary, and she has been essential in implementing the numerous computer program upgrades throughout the years. Laura trains and supports TBA staff through these vital improvements. She is certified as a Notary Public.

email: lwold@tbanj.org

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has a professional background which includes a long and diverse career as a public relations consultant in the public and private sectors. She also enjoyed a seven-year stint as a primary school teacher and curriculum specialist. Tina holds BA in Education from Hunter College in New York as well as a reading specialist certification from the University of Miami and is certified as a web author by NJIT. In addition to Tina’s responsibilities regarding Temple communications and marketing, she serves as the liaison and mentor to those who wish to schedule simchas in the Temple facilities.

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founded the Temple B’nai Abraham Nursery School in September of 1974. Before that, she taught and established other nursery schools in the area. In addition to her degree in Early Childhood Education from Hunter College, she has been trained in a variety of therapy models. Her strong background in the arts from the High School of Music and Art and from Hunter College enabled her to incorporate many creative activities into the program. Her love of Judaism began with her attendance at a Yiddish school as a child.

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has been an early childhood educator for three decades and has been associated with B'nai Abraham’s pre-school programs for over 30 years. She is a graduate of Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education and training in Special Education and Day Care Management. Debbie, a pre-school math and language arts specialist has developed the school’s literacy related curriculum for all age levels.

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serves as the  B’nai Brith Youth Coordinator. She received her MSW Graduate degree from Columbia University School of Social Work and completed an internship at the Rachel Coalition with Jewish Family Service. Claudia majored in Social Work at the University of Vermont and is currently working toward her Graduate Certificate in Jewish Studies. Claudia has developed innovative curriculum and social action projects for teens. She has coached local teams in the MetroWest community including the South Orange Dolphins Swim Team.

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