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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

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, MERRY MENSCH-KINS. She is looking forward to engaging
your children with interactive and fun activities!




PRimary K- 1  (b'reysheet)

In her twenty years as an educator, Jen Vistoso has had the privilege of working with students and teachers in a variety of preschool to high school settings.  Her roles have included that of Classroom Teacher, Reading Specialist, and Educational Assistant for Students with Special Needs.  Above all the classes she has taught, Jen's favorite has been Torah Tots at CBOI. Always striving to create academically engaging learning experiences through environments that foster creativity, curiosity, and kindness, Jen is particularly excited to return as CBOI's Primary Teacher.  
Outside of school, Jen is the Vice President of the Hearing Loss Association of America - New Jersey State Association, the Chair of the HLAA-NJ Walk4Hearing, President of the Parents Association Supporting Theatre Arts, and Girl Scout Leader of her daughter's troop.  She loves playing games with her three children, geocaching with her husband, Frank, reading, crocheting, and snuggling her dog, Matzo Ball. 



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 now living in Philadelphia and is the Director of Instrumental Music ay Abington Friends School.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 


Haley Lester
Elementary  5th-7th Grades

Haley Lester grew up ay CBOI and is a graduate of the   Rabbi Howard Hersch Religious School. She was a         tutor  from 8th grade through high school. Last year Haley was the 3rd grade teaching assistant She is a recent graduate of  The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) with a masters in school  counseling and a certificate in student assistance  counseling. Haley is currently seeking her perfect fit as a counselor in Elementary or Middle School. This past summer she worked as a senior camp counselor at Camp Ruach at the JCC in Bridgewater with campers entering 7th through 9th grade. In her free time she enjoys hiking and playing tennis with her family, spending time with her friends, and watching The Flash, Marvel TV shows and a variety of anime. Haley is thrilled to be back working at the Howard Hersch Religious School again and to stary working with all of her students both past and future!


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, January 27 2023 5 Shevat 5783