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Congregation Brothers of Israel

L'dor Vador—From Generation to Generation since 1883
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Enjoy this Video of Our RELIGIoUS SCHOOL

Rabbi Howard Hersch  RELIGIOUS School Staff

Amy Deutsch
Torah Tots

Amy Deutsch has been working with young children in an educational setting for two decades. Amy enjoyed teaching on the elementary level in the public sector but found her true passion in Jewish Education. She spent ten years as a head teacher and preschool director at Beth Zion Beth Israel in Philadelphia, where she created and grew a dynamic preschool program. A mother to three children, Amy leads our Sunday Preschool program, Torah Tots. She is looking forward to engaging your children with interactive and fun activities!



Sue Weiner has had the opportunity to teach several different grades and enjoys them all. She is the Religious School Director at Temple Micah and a Champions Teacher for the Council Rock School District. Prior to becoming the Religious School Director, Sue was the Program and Camp Director at the JCC Princeton Mercer Bucks and Abrams Day Camp, as well as the Active Adult Center Director for the Klein JCC in Elkins Park, PA. Sue graduated from Rider College with a BA in Education and Theatre. When Sue is not volunteering at the ERA Food Pantry, working with Special Needs Adults at the Carousel Program, and teaching adults and kids about Judaism and Hebrew, she enjoys visiting parks and waterfalls with her daughter Lara.

Francesca Axe

I am delighted to be joining the Religious School staff this year as the teacher of the Elementary Class, Grades 1-3.  As a congregant and member of the Choir, I consider Congregation Brothers of Israel to be my extended family.  

With 27 years experience as a Jewish educator, I have taught all grades from First through Confirmation Academy.  In addition, I have led Junior Congregation services for many years.  I have been a B'nai Mitzvah tutor preparing students for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah.  I have privately tutored students and have taught students individually and in small groups for Remedial Hebrew instruction.

Aside from my work as a Religious School Educator, I am a Spanish teacher.  I also do religious and secular programs at Senior Centers and Nursing facilities.

My husband Alex and I are active members of a Philadelphia based organization called "Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors Association (CJHSA) as both my Mother-in-law and Father-in-law were survivors of the Holocaust.

On a personal note, we are the proud parents of 2 grown children who both reside in New York.

I am looking forward to an educational and fun year of learning and growing at CBOI!

Janet Barudin
5th Grade

Janet Barudin has been a member of Congregation Brothers of Israel for over 30 years and has taught in our religious school for about 20 years.  Janet lives in Ewing, NJ where she is a retired teacher. She volunteers at Lore Elementary School where she once taught.  Most of her years in the Rabbi Howard Hersch Religious School have  been spent teaching fifth graders, but Janet has also taught third grade and is now teaching fourth grade.  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.  Jenny lives in Ewing with her husband, Luke, and her two children, Reese and Oliver.  Janet’s great joy, in addition to spending time with her twin grandchildren, is sharing her love of Judaism with our youngsters, as they develop into members of Klal Yisrael.


Esther Levitt
6th and 7th Grade

Hi, my name is Esther Levitt. I’m a Newtown resident, mother of two and bubby to four beautiful grandchildren. I received my Certification in Jewish Education at Gratz and Isaac Mayer Wise in Cincinnati. I’ve been a Jewish Educator since 1980 and have taught every grade from Gan to Confirmation, including Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation. Before coming to Congregation Brothers of Israel I was an Education Director for 17 years, but I am delighted to be back in the classroom where I can share my love of Torah and celebrate Jewish Life with my students.  One of my teaching goals is to instill a sense of pride, as well as knowledge of our heritage and to prove that learning can be fun. It is always my pleasure to welcome visitors to my classroom.


Cantor Jill Pakman
Bnei Mitzvah Tutoring

Jill has served as the Cantor of Temple Covenant of Peace in a part-time capacity since September 2003. Although she had been viewed as the temple's "Student Cantor" while completing her Masters Degree in Jewish Musical/Cantorial Studies at Gratz College in Philadelphia, Cantor Jill has functioned as a Cantor/Cantorial Soloist since 1989. Her first position, after leaving the USAF Band in Omaha, Nebraska, was Temple Emanu-Elin Wichita, Kansas. Jill then went on to work in South Florida where she resided for more than four years, becoming the Cantorial Soloist/Bnei Mitzvah Tutor/Religious School Music teacher for Temple Bet Tikvain Sunrise, Florida. She returned to her home in the Yardley, PA area in 1994 and has been engaged in Cantorial work in and around the area since that time. Cantor Jill is  happy to be working with the B'nei Mitzvah students at CBOI where she became a Bat Mitzvah now too many years ago to admit.

Bert Arwas
Prayer Enrichment

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. Bert has three children and is the proud grandparent of twins.

Thu, May 23 2019 18 Iyyar 5779