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Congregation Brothers of Israel

L'dor Vador—From Generation to Generation since 1883
לדור ודור

Enjoy thESE VideoS 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!



KINDERGARTEN & Grade 1  (b'reysheet)

Sue has been teaching at Brothers of Israel for many years.  Sue has taught the Primary class and is excited to teach the 2nd and 3rd graders this year.  She is a former day camp and program director and is currently the Education Director at her synagogue.  She lives in Holland with her daughter Lara who attends Council Rock High School South.  Sue enjoys outdoor activities and most importantly making people smile.




Stacey wIesNER
ALEPH/BET Grade 3  (B'Yachad)

 I’m very excited for our new year to begin. I’ve had extensive experience as a teacher, including teaching at Jewish day schools, preschools, camps and synagogues. I’m also a mom of 2 children; a son, 31 and a daughter 24. I’ve also had a great deal of experience teaching Judaics online this past year using zoom, kahoot!, mentimeter and Shalom learning.

Educating children of all ages and learning from children is very rewarding to me; seeing the glow on children’s faces when they discover or learn something new is extremely gratifying. Some of the highlights of our curriculum are Hebrew letters, vowels & reading, decoding, Tefillah (prayer), learning about Jewish holidays and customs, Israel and much more!

Looking forward to meeting all of you & to see everyone’s smiles soon!


Janet Barudin
4th - 7TH Grade (gesher)

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.

Click on Janet's Picture To See Her Tribute Book As J.E.A. Teacher of Excellence 


Sid was born in Cologne, Germany in September 1925. He and his family experienced the Nazi legislations and persecutions during that most terrible regime. He was Bar Mitzvah'd in Octoberand then on November 1938 during Kristallnacht, he saw his synagogue burn. In December he migrated to England. Then in 1940 he immigrated to the United States. He served in the Army during WWII and became a naturalized citizen of the United States. He and his wife Eva have 3 children, 4 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren. 
Sid has taught generations of Bar/Bat Mitzvah students with patience, persistence, and love.

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.


Primary Class: 9:15-11:30
Alef/Bet and Gesher: 9:15-12
5-6:30 PM

One- on- One tutoring will continue (times to be mutually agreed upon)
After much discussion, we felt this arrangement gives us the best options to meet the needs of each of our students. We will continue preparing throughout the summer and every aspect of creating a safe, secure and viable learning community will be planned.  I welcome your feedback and input. Updates will be sent during the summer.

I am so proud of our synagogue family and how you adapted to the challenges of the past year and a half,and enabled Jewish learning to thrive. 
Yasher Koach to our staff for learning so many new tech tools. Thank you to our students and families for learning along with us!

אַשְׁרֵי יוֹשְׁבֵי בֵיתֶֽךָ, עוֹד יְהַלְלֽוּךָ סּֽלָה
 Happy are those who dwell in your house.”
These words taken from the Psalms, and part of the prayer service, are traditionally said upon entering a synagogue. I believe that the tradition of reciting Ashrei is also appropriate as we return “home!”  At Congregation Brothers of Israel, we try to create an educated, proud, vibrant, and “happy” community of learners.


Fri, May 20 2022 19 Iyyar 5782