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!
Religious School Administrator
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, 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.
Programming & Engagement Coordinator, Kadima Youth Advisor
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Ilyssa Tepperman, our Programming and Engagement Coordinator and Kadima Advisor, could not be happier working at Adath Shalom. She also volunteers for Federation, has been her daughters Girl Scout troop leader for 6 years and works tirelessly for the Center Grove PTO as their Cultural Arts committee co-chair. Ilyssa has a strong tie to her community and her Adath Shalom family.
She lives in Randolph with her husband Michael and her 3 amazing children – Sofie and twins Matthew and Joshua. They have been synagogue members since 2013 and have been very active in the shul since they joined.
After running Club 345, Ilyssa is excited to get started with Kadima; looking forward to creating meaningful experiences for the kids and having a great year together!
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.
Synagogue Social Worker
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.
Susan is currently taking a leave of absence.
Synagogue Social Worker
Carol 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.
Carol Berman obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree from the University of Miami where she first began working with underserved grade school children using Drama Therapy. Carol now works with children, young adults, adults and senior adults using an eclectic strengths based approach tailored to the unique needs of each client. Carol will earn her Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) degree from Rutgers University this Spring. Carol is also earning her RDT (Registered Drama Therapist) through the North American Drama Therapy Association. Carol has extensive experience in program administration as well as teaching and directing theater. Carol is an experienced and progressive workshop leader who combines her expertise with humor to create positive strengths based learning experiences. Carol and her three ‘boys’ reside in Livingston with their menagerie of assorted furry and feathered friends.
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.
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 Club345@adathshalom.net
Looking forward to a great year!
Matzah is a beautiful girl who loves her dad, belly rubs and treats. She can usually be found wherever the Rabbi is.