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Shomrei Torah"s Outstanding Faculty

Judith Kuper Jaffe - Director of Congregational Learning

Judith Kuper Jaffe, is the first Director of Congregational Learning at Shomrei Torah - Wayne Conservative Congregation. She comes to Shomrei Torah with a wealth of experience and an abundance of enthusiasm for creating a new and exciting educational vision guaranteed to engage, delight and educate congregants from birth to beyond (adult education too!)

Plans include launching young family engagement, strengthening the religious school, reimagining post Bnei Mitzvah (TASTe: Teens at Shomrei Torah- experience!), and invigorating informal Jewish education including KADIMA and USY, and adult education.

Judy has most recently served as the Director of Congregational Learning at Shomrei Emunah in Montclair for seven years and prior to that, she spent six years as Principal of Beth Am Temple Religious School in Pearl River, NY. Raised in Manhattan, she attended The Ramaz School and Syracuse University, earning a double degree in Mass Communications from the S.I. Newhouse School and history from the Maxwell School.

After many years of teaching religious school, serving as a family educator and youth advisor, Judy returned to school and earned her MAT in Jewish Studies at Fairleigh Dickinson in July 2007, earning both a Principal's License from The National Board of License for Teachers and Principals in Jewish Schools in North America and one of the very first to be granted the Conservative Jewish Education (CJE). As a member of the first cohort of HUC-JIR-JTS Leadership Institute Synagogue Congregational Educators, she took her formal education up another notch.

Judy lives in Bergen County with her husband. She has two adult daughters and one son in law. She is a long time Board member of the Jewish Community Center of Paramus/Congregation Beth Tikvah, Camp Ramah in the Berkshires and the Jewish Community Relations Council.


Dassy Mark (Kindergarten – 1 st Grade)

Dassy has a Masters degree in early childhood education and is certified in Jewish education for grades K - 12. Dassy taught Kindergarten for three years, pre-school for 15 years, and has spent the last 11 years working with Kadima and USY on a region level. Dassy enjoys spending the holidays every year with the Kindergarten and first graders in mini minyan.


Nina Woldin (Hooray for Holidays)

Nina has been working in Jewish education for more than three decades, creating student materials and programs in print, on line and video. She has worked with schools and congregations to implement educational programs for students in grades pre-K through 12. Her work has been published by Grolier, Addison-Wesley, Behrman House, Ktav and Kar-Ben Publishing, and her online Jewish education resource center,, was adopted by Jewish National Fund.


Joceylne Berkowitz (Kindergarten - Grade 2)

Joceylnetaught 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)

Bethreceived her earlyJewish 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.


Richard Mayer (5th and 7th Gr Judaica)

Richard has been teaching for over 10 years. His background and training in education gives him strong tools to make lessons come alive for all his students. He makes his home in Linden, NJ with his wife and 2 daughters.


Linda Ripps (Enrichment and Resource Teacher)

Linda has spent more than three decades working in a variety of Jewish formal and informal educational settings. With graduate degrees in both library service and Jewish education, she has been librarian, congregational religious school



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