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Rabbi Jennifer Schlosberg

Rabbi Jennifer Schlosberg became the Rabbi at The Glen Rock Jewish Center in July 2015. She aims to build relationships with community members of all ages and incorporate the richness of the Jewish tradition into their lives in ways that speak to them most deeply and personally.

 

Previously, Rabbi Schlosberg was Assistant Rabbi at Temple Beth Sholom in Roslyn Heights, NY, a synagogue of more than 700 member families. She is a graduate of The Jewish Theological Seminary of America (JTS), where she was the recipient of three prestigious fellowships: the Neubauer Fellowship, the Schusterman Rabbinical Fellowship, and the Legacy Heritage Rabbinic Fellowship. While studying at JTS, Rabbi Schlosberg was the rabbinic intern at Congregation Ansche Chesed in New York City and at Dix Hills Jewish Center in Dix Hills, NY. She was also the Legacy Heritage Rabbinic Fellow at Congregation Ahavath Israel in Kingston, NY, where she served as the community's rabbi. As a chaplain at Bellevue Hospital and Jewish Home Lifecare, she received extensive training in pastoral care.

 

Prior to entering rabbinical school, Rabbi Schlosberg worked for Hillel as a Jewish outreach professional at Miami University in Ohio and UC-Santa Barbara and then at Hillel's Schusterman International Center in Washington, DC. In addition to her advocacy for the LGBT community, she is a special needs advocate, having conducted prayer services for people who are blind, deaf, or hearing impaired.

An engaging spiritual leader for learners of all ages, Rabbi Schlosberg also holds an M.A. in Jewish Education from JTS. She recently was selected to be the first recipient of the Outstanding Alumni Award of the Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at her undergraduate alma mater, the University of Hartford.

 

Rachel Blumenstyk : Hebrew School Director
Rachel came to the Glen Rock Jewish Center in 1990 as the Principal of the Hebrew School. She is also an active member of the synagogue.
 
Prior to coming to the GRJC, Rachel taught at Temple Shalom (now Avodat Shalom) in River Edge, NJ, and she continues to teach there one afternoon each week.
 
The classroom is her passion. Rachel’s greatest pleasure is bringing her students to their b’nei mitzvah and beyond, and helping them to find their love of and connection to their Jewish identity and the land of Israel.
Rachel is very proud of her students, and she has developed programs to help bring the Hebrew School curriculum to life. Her newest program is “Jewish Art and Artists.”
 
Rachel was awarded the Educator of the Year Award in 2011 from the Bergen County High School of Jewish Studies, and she was honored in 2006 by the Bergen Academy of Reform Judaism (BARJ).
She was also honored at the GRJC 50-year anniversary gala, and also in 2015 for 25 years of service to the Glen Rock Jewish Center.
 
Rachel was born in Israel, served in the Israeli Army, and received her education at the Levinsky Seminar in Tel Aviv.
 
Rachel shares her life with her children and grandchildren.  Her door is always open to discuss your child and your family’s journey.
 
Hilarie Kay: Director of Early Childhood Education
Hilarie’s life at the GRJC began with the initial opening of the school in 2000, when she was hired as an assistant teacher. The following year she became the Head Teacher of the four year olds and over the years in addition to the fours, she has also taught Kindergarten Enrichment, two-year-olds and Toddler Time. She became the director of the Glen Rock Jewish Center Nursery School in 2007.
 
Prior to the GRJC, Hilarie designed and implemented the first After School program at SSDS in New Milford. She also served as the Director of Youth and Family Services at the Mosholu Montefiore Community Center in the Bronx for several years.
 
Hilarie holds an M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education from Champlain College in Vermont and a Masters Degree in Social Work from Columbia University in New York City. She is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC); and a graduate of the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning. She is also an active member of the Jewish Early Childhood Directors Council which she helped found in 2012.
 
“At the GRJC I have the opportunity to combine two things that are extremely important to me: helping every child develop and shine to the best of their abilities; and my devotion to creating fun, exciting Jewish experiences that form the base of their lifelong journey of Jewish exploration. I also greatly enjoy working with all our families and our staff as we continue to learn and grow together on a daily basis.”
 
Hilarie lives in Glen Rock with her husband, Bill. They have four children, and a four-legged family member named Annabelle.
 
Michelle Strassberg : Administrator
Michelle joined the staff of Glen Rock Jewish Center in March of 2013 as Synagogue Administrator, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the synagogue and providing support to the Nursery and Hebrew Schools.  She sees her job as an opportunity to constantly improve the connections between GRJC members, trustees and staff, and to help the synagogue fulfill its vision.
 
Before coming to the GRJC, Michelle worked as a reference librarian at Bergen Community College. She holds a Masters in Library Science from Pratt Institute and received her undergraduate degree in English Literature from SUNY-Binghamton in 1989.  She worked for several years in the Marketing Department of the New York Mercantile Exchange, and at the Glen Rock Public Library, a job she loved so much it led her to return to school to pursue her graduate degree.
 
Prior to joining the GRJC staff, Michelle was a member of the GRJC Board of Trustees, where she oversaw the renovation and operations of the GRJC Library, co-chaired the Publicity Committee, headed the GRJC Book Club and assisted with Adult Education programming.
 
Michelle believes that every member of the GRJC community has something to offer, and she is excited to help the synagogue grow and fulfill its vision.  Her door is always open, so please feel free to stop by and let her know how you would like to be involved in synagogue life.
 
Michelle lives in Ridgewood and has two children, one dog and one cat.
 
Joan Hecht : Bookkeeper
Joan became the bookkeeper of GRJC in 2010. She received a B.A. degree from Hunter College and in addition to working as a bookkeeper has also worked as a nursery school teacher.
 
She and her husband, Gunter, are members of Temple Avodat Shalom in River Edge. Previously they were long time members of Temple Avoda in Fair Lawn, where Gunter was President and Joan was a Trustee. All four of their children became B'nei mitzvah at Temple Avoda.
 
Joan is pleased to be able to contribute to the day to day function of Glen Rock Jewish Center. She enjoys working at GRJC surrounded by the wonderful nursery school and interacting with the kids.
 

Joan and Gun, who live in Fair Lawn with their rescued dog Skeet, are blessed to have three granddaughters.

Mindy Osterman : Outreach and Communications Coordinator

Mindy Osterman joined the GRJC family in 2012.  Mindy maintains the GRJC's connection with members and the community by creating promotional pieces for upcoming events in addition to publishing our weekly e-newsletter, sending hard copy mailings to those without email and advertising for synagogue programming.  Her job is to keep everyone informed of all that is happening at the GRJC.  Mindy also maintains our Facebook page, using it to provide educational, cultural, communal and religious content to GRJC constituents.  She is in close contact with program chairs, lay leaders and synagogue staff to make sure all things GRJC get the attention and attendance they deserve.

This position affords Mindy the luxury of combining her writing and design skills with her love of synagogue life and the Jewish community.

Prior to joining the GRJC, Mindy served as Public Relations Coordinator for the Jewish Federation of Greater Middlesex County.  Mindy graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Political Science from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York.  She is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society.

Mindy lives in Morris Plains with her husband, Scott.  They have four children between them : three sons and a daughter.  They also happily share their home with four lovable and delightfully spoiled felines..

Carlos Lopez : Custodial Services
Carlos came to the GRJC in 2000.  He moved to the U.S. in 1999 from Columbia (home of the best coffee in the world), where he grew up with his mom, dad and two brothers.  After being here for four years, he met his wonderful wife, Nubia.  They love to travel together and share their lives with three grandchildren and a dog, Casey.
 
Carlos is very grateful for the opportunity to meet everyone here and to share in all of the happy moments of the members of the GRJC family.

 
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