Religious School Staff
Bill Agress had his Bar Mitzvah and Confirmation at Brothers of Israel and was the first congregant to attend Camp Ramah. For 20 years he led Hillel services at Rider College (now University). He has been a Religious School Teacher for many years. He is a member of Adath Israel and the Perrineville Jewish Center. As an actor he has performed at the Bucks County Playhouse, Trenton War Memorial, Washington Crossing Open Air Theatre, and other venues. As a re-enactor he portrays George Washington and Albert Einstein among others. He is Vice Chairman of the Mercer County Planning Board and former Chairman of the NJ council overseeing Early Intervention for Infants and Toddlers with Developmental Disabilities. He is the single father of one son, Andrew.
Bert Arwas was born in Egypt and grew up there and in England. He attended French and British schools. Bert studied law in England and in Israel, and earned a Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers University School of Law. He is a member of the Bar of England and Wales, and a member of the Israel Bar. Bert worked for many years in the Professional Liability departments of several insurance companies, in Manhattan, managing legal malpractice claims. He is currently a full-time substitute teacher at Princeton High School, teaching History, English and French.
Janet Barudin has been a member of Congregation Brothers of Israel for over 20 years and has taught in our religious school for almost 15 years.
Janet lives in Ewing, NJ where she is a special education teacher in the fifth grade at Lore Elementary School.
Most of her years in the Rabbi Howard Hersch Religious School have also been spent teaching fifth graders. Both of her grown children are “graduates” of the religious school. Jeffrey is a professor of music at Lindenwood University in St. Louis, Mo., and Jenny travels to colleges and universities around the country representing On Campus Marketing. She lives in Ewing with her husband, Luke.
She loves the theatre and goes as often as she can. She lives with her cat, Orli. She served as our Kadima advisor and loved being involved with the youth groups.Janet’s great joy is sharing her love of Judaism with our youngsters, as they develop into members of Klal Yisrael.
Amy Deutsch has been working with young children in an educational setting for 2 decades. Amy enjoyed teaching on the elementary level in the public sector but found her true passion in Jewish Education.
She spent 10 years as a head teacher and preschool director at Beth Zion Beth Israel in Philadelphia, where she created and grew a dynamic preschool program. Amy leads our Sunday Preschool program, Torah Tots. She is looking forward to engaging your children with interactive and fun activities!
Sid Moszer was born in Cologne, Germany in September 1925. He had four brothers and two sisters. He went to school and experienced the Nazi legislations and persecutions. On November 9-10, 1938, Kristallnacht, he saw his synagogue burning. He was Bar-Mitvahed in October and his father, soon after, was deported, though was later reunited with his family. In December Sid and his family migrated in small groups, with help from relatives already living there, to England on a temporary transit Visa. He was 13 years old. In the fall of 1940 his family’s quota number came up and they immigrated to the United States, arriving on October 3, 1940. He was 15 years old.
After graduating from Standard Evening High School in Philadelphia, Sid was drafted into the American Army in January 1944 and then became a naturalized citizen on March 24, 1944. After training, he served in Europe during World War II and the subsequent occupation with the 14th Infantry Regiment of the 71st Infantry Division beginning in January 1945. During the occupation he served as an interpreter for the Counter Intelligence Corps who interrogated Nazi individuals and then he served with the Military Government. He was honorably discharged in June 25, 1946.
He returned to the United States and married Eva, a Kindertransport survivor, in 1954. They now have 3 children, 4 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. He is a retired engineer and now tutors B’nai Mitzvah students part time.
Hi, my name is Esther Levitt. I’m a Newtown resident, mother of two and bubby to four beautiful grandchildren. I received my Jewish Education at Gratz and Isaac Mayer Wise in Cincinnati. I’ve been a Jewish Educator since 1980 and have taught every grade as well as preparation for Bar/Bat Mitzvah. For the last 17 years, I’ve been an Education Director and I’m excited to be returning to the classroom where I can share my love of Torah and Jewish Life with my students.
One of my goals is to instill a sense of pride, as well as knowledge, in our heritage. It will be my pleasure to welcome you all to my classroom in September and I promise to be easily accessible.