Marisa Bergman

Education Director
973-539-8549, x120

Marisa Bergman, Marisa Bergman is thrilled to join the Adath Shalom community as the Education Director. She has spent the last five years as the Religious School Principal at Congregation Agudath Israel in Caldwell, New Jersey. Marisa is a graduate of Gratz College where she earned her Masters in Jewish education. Previously, she attended the University at Albany and graduated in 2009 with a Bachelors in Judaic Studies and Education. Marisa grew up in Branchburg, New Jersey, and was a congregant at Temple Sholom in Bridgewater, New Jersey. She has experience working in religious schools, Hebrew high school, sleep-away (Camp Young Judaea Sprout Lake) and day camp (Gesher Summer Camp). Marisa currently lives in Bridgewater with her husband Matt, three year old son Emmet and dog Sadie.

Marisa is looking forward to getting to know the congregation as well as Rabbi Rudin and Cantor Lois. Marisa’s Jewish educational philosophy is that each student, child or adult, should have the opportunity to positively engage with Judaism. She hopes that she will bring a love for Judaism and lifelong learning to Adath Shalom!

Pam Jorlett

Religious School Administrator
973-539-8549, x121

Pam Jorlett has been with us as the Religious School Administrator for over 11 years. She also creates the Adath Shalom Happenings, Mazel Tov emails, sends the yahrzeit notices and donation letters, synagogue e-blasts, and keeps our Facebook page up-to-date.

Before coming to Adath Shalom, Pam was with the Jewish Community Center in both Whippany and West Orange for 5 years and with the Greater MetroWest Federation in Whippany for a year.

Shari Hoffman

Synagogue Accountant
973-539-8549, x106

Shari Hoffman, our Synagogue Accountant, is a past Co-Chair of the Ritual Committee. She is currently the liaison between the Ritual Committee and B’nai Mitzvah families. She has taught remedial Hebrew in the Religious School for the past 9 years. She is our synagogue representative on the board of The Community Soup Kitchen in Morristown and coordinates our serving and volunteering efforts there.

Shari is a CPA with over 25 years financial experience in the public and private sectors.

She lives in Mountain Lakes with her husband Mark and their two sons. They have been members of Adath Shalom for over 20 years.

Ilyssa Tepperman

Programming & Engagement Coordinator, Kadima Youth Advisor
973-539-8549 x 104

These are the top ten things you should know about Ilyssa Tepperman:

  1. She loves her family fiercely and with every fiber in her body – Sofie is 10, her twin boys are going to be 7 and her husband Michael is the love of her life.
  2. She just completed an exciting summer at Tamarack Day Camp as the Mad Science counselor teaching children ranging from Pre-K to 4th grade.
  3. She has been a Girl Scout leader for the past 4 years and will also be Troop Organizer for Center Grove Elementary School again this year.
  4. She has more than 25 years retail management and leadership experience.
  5. She loves to try new things and never backs away from a challenge. She cannot wait to get started with Club 345!
  6. She loves to listen to music in many genres and loves going to concerts. Her daughter, Sofie, saw her first concert this summer! Never too young to appreciate live music!
  7. Movies and trivia are another passion for Ilyssa. You would be surprised how much superfluous information she knows – LOL!
  8. She will drive almost anywhere for delicious pizza!
  9. She loves the calm and serenity of the beach in the morning and is forever grateful for her good friends for helping her discover her “happy place” – Bethany Beach.
  10. Lastly, she is a loyal and true friend. In good times and in bad, she is always there when you need her.

Michelle Sanders

USY Advisor

Michelle Sanders could not be happier to be the new Morris Plains USY (MPUSY) Advisor at Adath Shalom. Michelle has been an active member of our synagogue for her entire life and was bat mitzvahed by Cantor Korbman. In 2010, Michelle was the president of MPUSY. During her presidency, our USY chapter was prestigiously named Hagalil’s Chapter of the Year. Michelle is looking forward to giving our current high schoolers all of the life-changing experiences that Morris Plains USY gave to her growing up. Michelle is also a Science teacher at Frelinghuysen Middle School in Morristown. She currently lives in Randolph.

Susan Solomon, M.Ed., MSW, LCSW

Synagogue Social Worker
973-539-8549, x108

Susan is available to congregants and staff for consultations, short-term therapy, assistance in locating community resources, support groups, and adult education programming. Her position is made possible through an affiliation with Jewish Family Service of MetroWest and a funding partnership of Adath Shalom, the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey and the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest.

Susan became a social worker later in life to achieve her life-long dream. Before coming to Adath Shalom, she served as the social worker on the liver transplant team at UMDNJ/University hospital for 10 years. She has worked with college students as their field placement adviser providing them with support during their social work internships. Her social work experience also includes counseling, crisis intervention, and working with seniors and the homebound. Prior to becoming a clinical social worker, Susan was educator. First she taught elementary school. Then, for 25 years she had a career in business as a trainer and training manager in hospitals, other non-profits, and the financial services industry. Susan also enjoys being a local volunteer and works with the Interfaith Food Pantry and the Red Cross. Susan lives in White Meadow Lake with her husband, Mort. They belong to Chabad of Northwest NJ.

Juan Isaza

Facilities Manager
973-539-8549, x107

Juan works closely with the Building and Grounds Committee in managing the security and maintenance of the building. He is also involved in overseeing catering functions as well preparation for synagogue events and programs.

Juan has been with Adath Shalom for over twelve years. Juan recently graduated with a Bachelors degree in Arts from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Debbie Gilenson

Club 345 Youth Advisor

For those of you who may not know me, my name is Debbie Gilenson, mother of Rylee-12, and Mason-10.

I have been a member of Adath Shalom for 4 years now and love the friends I have made in this community.

I look forward to being the advisor of Club 345! My email for Club 345 is
Looking forward to a great year!

Matzah Brei Rudin

Synagogue Mascot

Matzah is a beautiful girl who loves her dad, belly rubs and treats. She can usually be found wherever the Rabbi is.

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