Our Leadership

Click here to see our past Honorees.

Jewish Learning and Life Committee

2016 - 2017

(Please click on the Trustee's name to read their biography or contact our board via e-mail)

 

 

 

 

David Behrman
Short Hills

Ellen Goldner
Mountain Lakes

Paula Gottesman
Morristown

Adam Kimowitz
Mountain Lakes

 

Jody Hurwitz Caplan
Short Hills

Chair

 

 

Alan Kirshenbaum
Millburn 

Gail Kleinman
Livingston 

 

 

 

 

 

Lawrence Rein

West Orange

Shira Rothschild
Livingston

Rachel Braun Scherl
South Orange 

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Professional Leadership

Name (click for email)| Biography
Title

Telephone Number

 

 

Andrea Bergman | Biography
Manager, PJ Library and Special Projects

973-929-3128 

Alisha Blugrind | Biography
Administrative Assistant

973-929-2976 

 Leemor Ellman | Biography
Director, Empowerment of Families with Young Children

973-929-2979 

Rebecca Hindin | Biography
Manager, Greater MetroWest Day School Initiative

973-929-2962 

Tracy Levine | Biography
Director, Greater MetroWest Jewish Camp Enterprise

 
 973-929-2970
Robert Lichtman | Biography
C
hief Jewish Learning Officer
 973-929-2950

 Michael Strom | Biography
Coordinator, Jewish Service Learning

973-929-2963 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

Biographies


Adam Kimowitz

Coming soon!

Alan Kirshenbaum

Coming soon!

Alisha Blugrind

Alisha.jpg  Administrative Assistant

Andrea Bergman

Andrea.jpgAndrea Bergman is the Manager of PJ Library and Special Projects.

Prior to joining The Partnership, Andrea worked for the non-profit ArtsPower National Touring Theatre as Field Trip Coordinator for 3 years and prior to that was the Cultural Arts Chairperson at South Mountain Elementary School in Millburn for 5 years. Andrea has served on the Board of Trustees at Temple Sharey Tefilo Israel in South Orange, and recently ended a 2 year term as president of their Women's Connection. 

Andrea graduated magna cum laude from The University of Pennsylvania with a BA in English and she lives in Millburn with her husband, Jeffrey and their 3 children.

David Behrman

David Behrman is CEO of Behrman House Publishers, the leading publisher of textbooks, software, and other educational materials for Jewish religious schools throughout North America.  Behrman House has pioneered the use of digital Hebrew instruction and the use of digital tools in the religious school environment.

Before joining Behrman House he was a consultant with McKinsey & Co, in New York, where he served clients in the service, transportation, and not-for-profit sectors, and before that he practiced corporate and securities law with Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York. Behrman graduated from Haverford College with a B.A. in economics and holds a J.D. from Stanford Law School, where he was a member of the Law Review.  He has been admitted to the Bar in New York and in California.  He serves on the Boards of Israel21c, a U.S.- and Israel-based online news magazine covering 21st-century Israel, and JVillage Networks, a Vermont-based developer of websites and engagement vehicles for congregations throughout North America.

Ellen Goldner

Ellen Goldner was the founding President of The Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life.  She currently works for the NJY Camps. Ellen was the Director of Admissions for Alexander Muss High School in Israel, and was a long-time pre-school educator. She is a past campaign chair of the Women’s Department, and  past president of the Jewish Federation of  MetroWest NJ.  She was the founding co-chair of the Rachel Coalition.  Ellen also serves on the board of Jewish Service for the Developmentally Disabled.  She lives in Mountain Lakes with her husband, Alan.  They have two children and five grandchildren. 

Gail Kleinman

Coming soon!

Jody Hurwitz Caplan

Jody Caplan’s volunteer commitments reflect her passion for providing creative and enriching educational experiences for children, teens and adults.

Jody is a Vice President of Women’s Philanthropy of The Jewish Federation of Greater Metrowest, a member of the Federation Board of Trustees and a 2012 Epstein Fellow.   Jody was also a Board member of Congregation B’nai Israel, Millburn where she served on the Boards of Sisterhood and the Preschool and Religious School Parent Associations.

Jody is a member of the Millburn - Short Hills PTO Conference as a result of her roles as past President of South Mountain Elementary School PTO, Vice President of the Millburn Middle School PTO and Vice President of the Millburn High School PTO.  She was also on the Executive Board of the Millburn Municipal Alliance Committee, a community based organization dedicated to providing comprehensive drug and alcohol prevention programs

Jody is very excited to help The Partnership expand the depth and breadth of learning opportunities, both traditional and non-traditional, for Jewish families in our community.   A graduate of The University of Pennsylvania, Jody lives in Short Hills with her husband and three children.

 

Lawrence Rein

Coming soon!

Leemor Ellman

Whitney_and_Leemor.jpgAs Director, Engagement for Families with Young Children since April 2013, Leemor is passionate about bringing young families together to create Jewish meaningful experiences and connections.  In partnership with PJ Library, she plans and organizes intimate home-based holiday and Shabbat celebrations and educational programs for young families in public spaces like parks or civic houses and in collaboration with synagogues all over Greater MetroWest.  Drawing on her over 15 years educating adults and children using experiential methods, Leemor’s programs are spirited and dynamic.  Participants leave with knowledge or skills that can be applied directly to enhance their Jewish family rituals and rhythms.  

In early 2014, Leemor launched Greater MetroWest’s first-ever Family Connector Program, comprised of six moms with a deep desire to expand their Jewish communities.  This unique program is built on the idea that relationships ignite meaningful Jewish experiences.  Family Connectors bring young parents together and facilitate the kinds of friendships that enhance Jewish families’ lives for the long term.  This relational model of engagement moves beyond programs to focus on the art of connecting people and helping families chart their unique Jewish journeys together.

Leemor also convenes Greater MetroWest’s early childhood program directors once a month and plans The Annual Early Childhood and Family Engagement Conference.

Michael Strom

Michael.jpgMichael Strom is the Coordinator of Jewish Service Learning, facilitating hands on community service opportunities, both formal and informal, as a tool to connect teens to Judaism.  Michael's primary responsibilities at The Partnership include the coordination of the Destination: Jewish Service Learning grant program, the SeniorITIS teen summer placement program, organizing community service events for Mitzvah Mania, and much more!

Michael is very committed to pushing the understanding of how public policy decisions can influence positive outcomes; both as an adjunct professor at Union County College teaching American Government 202, and as a Leadership Newark Fellow, class of 2015. He has a Masters degree in Political Science from Rutgers University and a Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science from The College of New Jersey. Michael served for two years on the Board of Trustees for the College of New Jersey, first as the Alternate Student Trustee and then as a full voting member as Student Trustee. Previous social justice professional related experience includes serving for two years as a Corps Member of Teach For America (teaching 10th grade Geometry in low performing schools in Philadelphia) and serving for two years as a Bonner Community Scholar/AmeriCorps Leader (completing over 600 hours in community service initiatives in the Trenton area and New Orleans).  Michael has participated in over eleven week long service trips to New Orleans; personally leading seven of these trips and founding an organization, the Alternative Break Club at TCNJ, which continues to bring around 150 volunteers to New Orleans each year for community service.  Michael is very pleased to continue spreading opportunities for community service through his new role at The Partnership.

Michael currently lives in Cranford, NJ. 

Paula Gottesman

Coming soon!

Rachel Braun Scherl

Coming soon!

Rebecca Hindin

Rebecca.jpgRebecca is thrilled to be working at the Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life since November 2010 as the Manager for the Greater MetroWest Day School Initiative. After studying for a BA and an MA in communications at Bar-Ilan University in Israel and working in marketing at various Jewish non-profits, Rebecca moved to New Jersey with her husband.

In her work with all of the local Jewish Day Schools, Rebecca is getting the word out about the affordability of our schools, and the excellent education that they have to offer. As part of the Initiative, Rebecca orchestrates and promotes ‘The Quest for Teaching Excellence’ program, a $1 million investment in professional development for teachers at Golda Och Academy, Gottesman RTW Academy (formerly Hebrew Academy of Morris County), and Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy/Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School.

Having grown up in the Jewish Day School system in Toronto, Rebecca hopes that she can contribute to the community by bringing a passion for Jewish day schools and a love for all things Jewish education. Rebecca lives in West Orange with her husband (also a day school alum!) and two daughters.

Robert Lichtman

Bob.jpgRobert Lichtman is the Federation's Chief Jewish Learning Officer and was the founding Executive Director of The Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life, which was created by the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ as its Jewish Identity-building agency in 2006.

Bob has been a professional leader in formal and informal Jewish educational initiatives as Vice President of JESNA (Jewish Educational Service of North America), Associate Vice President of International Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, and as Executive Director of Overseas Services at UJA-Federation of New York which pioneered Jewish identity development programs in Israel and throughout the former Soviet Union.

Prior to this, Bob was a member of the MetroWest Federation Executive Staff for nearly a decade.

Bob lives in West Orange with his wife, Natalie.

 

Shira Rothschild

Coming soon!

Tracy Levine

Tracy_Levine.jpgTracy Levine is the Director of One Happy Camper NJ at The Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life, the Jewish identity-building organization of Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ. This is one of the most ambitious programs in the nation to promote Jewish overnight camp, with the goal of increasing the number of campers by 40% over five years. This role encompasses a full-time focus on Jewish camp, marketing and recruiting, providing $1 million in new camper grants, and working in partnership with the Foundation for Jewish Camp and regional Jewish camps on outreach efforts and expanded fundraising capacity.

Tracy has had extensive experience developing new products and programs within non-profit and corporate organizations. During 20 years in marketing and business leadership roles at Citigroup, she launched many successful credit card products and marketing campaigns, and was the founder of the award-winning Citi Working Parents Network. A lifelong volunteer, Tracy has served in key leadership roles in Jewish community organizations, including National Council of Jewish Women and Congregation Beth El of South Orange. In her current professional role, Tracy is excited to be leveraging her broad experience to enhance the Jewish identity of today’s youth through the transformative experience of Jewish camp, thereby helping to ensure a strong future for the Jewish community.

Tracy is a graduate of Binghamton University and has an MBA in Marketing from Columbia Business School. Tracy lives in Millburn with her husband Fred, and they are the parents of very happy campers Julie and Bryan.

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