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Shomrei Torah"s Outstanding Faculty

Matthew Nover - Director of Congregational Learning

Matt Nover is our new Director of Congregational Learning.  A final year rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, Matt comes to Shomrei Torah already having completed graduate Degrees in Jewish Education and Hebrew Bible through JTS.  Originally from Texas, he came to New Jersey for his undergraduate studies at Rutgers University, where he majored in Physics and Jewish Studies. He has been involved with supplementary schools as a student, a teacher, and an administrator for most of his life, and cares deeply about making them succeed.

Matt is passionate about Jewish Education, and focuses on making Judaism relevant to his students.  He lives by the saying “there are seventy interpretations to every verse in the Torah,” and loves to bring unconventional ideas to the discussion.  Whether that’s looking at the physics of David’s sling, or looking at Zombies and Judaism, Matt tries to find a way to make Judaism matter to his students.

Moreh Matt met his wife Heather in the Sukkah of his Hillel Rabbi. Their toddler, Jane, loves to sing “Shabbat Shalom.”


Laura Lewis (Hooray for Holidays)


Joceylne Berkowitz (Kindergarten - Grade 2)

Joceylne taught 20 years in both Religious Schools and in Day Schools. Born in Israel, she served in the IDF Air force and studied at University of Tel Aviv. She lives in West Orange and has two adult sons.


Etty Vaknin's (3rd - 4th Gr Hebrew, Junior Congregation)

Etty has taught for 30 years, in Israel and in the US, both in Day Schools in and at Shomrei Torah. Etty boasts that her family is eleven generations from the city of Tevaria, Israel. She enjoys working with students and they love her too.


Aviva Berkovich (3rd – 4th Gr Judaica)

Welcome, Aviva to our faculty! She has been teaching for over 15 years in day school, religious school and with special needs students. She has been teaching Hebrew school for over 12. She lives in Highland Park with her husband.


Beth Julie (6th – 7th Gr Hebrew)

Beth received her early Jewish background at religious school program so she recognizes how much this education can impact young lives. This understanding has consistently guided Beth's teaching. This is her 4th year at a Conservative synagogue in Monroe NY and her 3rd year at Shomrei Torah!


Zahava Gall (5th Gr Hebrew and 6th Gr Judaica)

Zahava has been a teacher and principal for the past forty years. She served in the Israeli Air Force and won the Six Day War Medal. In Israel she was a high school educator in the Kibbutz and in the US, she was a principal of an area religious school and taught all grades at Solomon Schechter for twenty years. Zahava is also a chess coach and a public school speaker and enjoys traveling, reading and walking. Zahava developed and implemented a Holocaust curriculum which she will be sharing with our students this year. She has 3 adult children.


Mitch Radler (Music)



Sun, October 2 2022 7 Tishrei 5783