June 1, 2023 •
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Professional Staff

Mara B. Suskauer

Executive Director 

Mara Suskauer joined Temple B’nai Abraham as executive director in November 2021. Prior to joining TBA, she was the director of lower school admissions at Golda Och Academy and before that was the executive director of Israel advocacy and education at Jewish National Fund. She has spent her career leading Jewish non-profits and has family roots at TBA, as her husband’s family members belonged to TBA when it was in Newark.

Mara has a Master of Public Administration, Non-Profit Management, from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts in Business and International Affairs from Kennesaw State University.

While Mara has southern roots and grew up in Marietta, Georgia, she’s been in New Jersey for almost 20 years. When not at TBA, you can find her around town with 3 kids, trying to sneak in runs with the SOMA Foxes, or walking a very friendly Bernese Mountain Dog with her husband.

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Debbie Aronson Ziering

Director of Early Childhood Education

Debbie has been an early childhood educator for over three decades and has been associated with B’nai Abraham’s pre-school programs for over 36 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 a minor 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. She has been instrumental in formulating the latest theories and translating them into curriculum and programming. Debbie is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

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Sheila Grossman

The Early School Founding Director

Sheila 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. Her continuing education, studying Torah and Jewish subjects, is clearly visible during Shabbat and holiday experiences she shares with the children and their families. She is enjoying retirement— on occasion coming by to delight all with her unique style of teaching about Shabbat and the Jewish holidays.

(photo courtesy Jan Press PhotoMedia)

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Melissa G. Weiner

Director of Jewish Learning

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.

Director Weiner has earned a BA from Brandeis University and MA from Brown University, and has studied in Israel. She has been honored with both regional and national Solomon Schechter Awards for her many innovative programs such as the Jewseum, Lions of Jerusalem Day and Lech Lecha. She was the Recipient of 2007-2008 United Synagogue Conservative Judaism NJ Region Norman H. Winter Professional Excellence Award.

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Laura Wold

Office Manager

Laura 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.

Contact Laura Wold (please include your name & contact info. in your message)

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Alia Covel

Communications and Marketing Manager

Alia has a professional background in journalism, both Jewish, being a writer, editor, and blogger for New Jersey Jewish News for some 17 years, and secular, being editor of the TAPinto SOMA website for two years. In addition, she enjoyed working many years ago at another synagogue in a similar role. She has also volunteered with the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest New Jersey for more than 20 years. Alia holds BA from The Ohio State University. Alia’s responsibilities include TBA communications and marketing.

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Tracey Bent

Facilities Manager

Tracey joined the staff of Temple B’nai Abraham in 1991. As Facilities Manager, he oversees a staff of dedicated workers to ensure the maintenance and security of the Temple’s building and grounds. Tracey is a Certified Educational Facilities Manager (CEFM) in the state of New Jersey, a designation that is administered by the NJDOE’s Office of School Facilities Planning. In addition, he 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. Tracey has been a dedicated member of the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department for 21 years and currently serves as Deputy Chief.

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Facility Staff

Accounting Department

Mindy Palin, CPA, Financial Controller, Fredd Wright, Accountant & Barbara Christofferson, Accounting Associate  



Barbara Christofferson,Mindy Palin & Fredd Wright

Barbara Christofferson,Mindy Palin. CPA & Fredd Wright



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Clergy Administration

Debbie Meron, Clergy Administrative Assistant

Debbie Meron

Debbie Meron

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Temple Office Staff

Jill Jeszeck, Receptionist & Marcia Swaybill, Event Coordinator/Administrative Assistant 

Jill Jeszeck & Marcia Swaybill

Jill Jeszeck & Marcia Swaybill

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Early School Staff

Jayme Rein, Early School  Administrative Assistant

Jayme Rein

Jayme Rein

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JLP Staff

Alicia ServissCoordinator of Judaic Implementation and School Processes

Alyssa Campbell, Coordinator, Formal Teen Educational Programs, and B’nai Mitzvah Coordinator

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Alyssa Campbell

Alicia Serviss Coordinator of Judaic Implementation and School Processes

Alicia Serviss

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