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

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

Primary Class

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.

Janet Barudin

4th 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.

Bill Agress

5th and 6th Grade

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.

Esther Levitt

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.


Sid Moszer

Bnei Mitzvah Tutoring

Sid Moszer was born in Cologne, Germany in September 1925.  As a young child he experienced the Nazi legislations and persecutions. On November 9-10, 1938, Kristallnacht, he saw his synagogue burning. Soon after his Bar Mitzvah, Sid and his family were able to emigrate to England and then on to the United States.  After graduating from High School in Philadelphia, Sid was drafted into the American Army in January 1944, and then became a naturalized citizen on March 24, 1944.  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. Upon being discharged from the Army, Sid married Eva, a Kindertransport survivor, in 1954. They now have three children, four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. He is a retired engineer and now tutors B’nai Mitzvah students part-time.

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.

Tue, July 17 2018 5 Av 5778