Joan Hersch - Education Director
Being Jewish has been the greatest gift my parents gave me!
I was a religious school nerd- I loved it!! This is my mission – to instill this same joy in the students of our school.
Professionally, I spent over 35 years as a Teacher of the Gifted, in the public school system and served as director of the Abrams Day Camp of the JCC for many years. I have a BA from Queens College in NY and an M. Ed from the College of New Jersey. I have a certificate in Jewish Educational Leadership from the combined Leadership Institute of the Jewish Theological Seminary and Hebrew Union College,
I am a past President of Congregation Brothers of Israel, former chair of the Board of Education, Past President of B’nai Brith Women New Jersey Region, former Board member of the Anti Defamation League, and proudly served many other community organizations.
My greatest joy has been serving as Education Director of this congregation. There are few more important and lasting gifts we can give our children, than a quality education and the knowledge of who and what they are, and where they come from. Perpetuating our knowledge, heritage, values and culture is an integral part of the Jewish tradition. It is what has kept us alive over these thousands of years.
As a congregation, we remain committed to the future of our people by nurturing the school and enabling our students to develop the skills needed to participate knowledgeably in religious life, to present positive examples of Jewish values and to be active participants in Jewish living.