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Rabbi Jennifer Schlosberg

Rabbi Jennifer Schlosberg became the rabbi at The Glen Rock Jewish Center in July 2015. During her time at the GRJC, Rabbi Schlosberg has led the community in several new initiatives.  She envisioned and created the Mishpacha Minyan, a monthly interactive service for Hebrew School students and their families as well as Tot Shabbat, a monthly gathering for families with nursery school-aged children. An excellent community organizer, she led a community-wide listening campaign, which surveyed congregants and ultimately led to the creation of several new programs and initiatives such as a teen youth program, a committee to address gun violence and a group organizing additional social and educational programs for adults. Under Rabbi Schlosberg’s leadership, the GRJC is now proud of our annual “Light up the Night” event, a popular Chanukah program for both children and adults (which features her fire-twirling skills), as well as our “Dinner and Dancing with the Torahs” Simchat Torah celebration. She enjoys teaching classes like “Judaism 101” and “Torah on Tap” and was responsible for securing the GRJC’s first rabbinic intern, establishing an important partnership with the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (JTS).
 
Outside of the GRJC, Rabbi Schlosberg was instrumental in advancing anti-gun violence efforts in the State of New Jersey. She was also influential in creating a homework ban in the Glen Rock school district on religious holidays and she partnered with the district and other community advocacy groups to address anti-Semitic acts in the public schools.
 
She is currently on the executive board of the North Jersey Board of Rabbis, active with the Religious Communities of Glen Rock, and has been a rabbinical fellow with JOIN for Justice. She volunteers at a local assisted living facility and at the Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County.
 
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 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.
 
Rabbi Schlosberg 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. An engaging spiritual leader for learners of all ages, Rabbi Schlosberg also holds an M.A. in Jewish Education from JTS. She was the first recipient of the Outstanding Alumni Award of the Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at her undergraduate alma mater, the University of Hartford. In her spare time, you can often find her with her children and sometimes at a yoga class.
 
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 Trixie.

 

Dr. Mark Silk, Hebrew School Director of Education

Dr. Mark Silk has been teaching doctoral level classes in educational administration at Saint Peter’s University since 2013 and at the Bergen County High School of Jewish Studies since 2017. Previously, he spearheaded the Jewish New Teacher Project, a teacher mentoring program for the New Teacher Center; directed professional and leadership development for the JEA of MetroWest, NJ, and served as both a Hebrew School and Jewish day school principal.
 
He received a BA from Columbia University in Music while simultaneously receiving a BHL in Jewish History from the Jewish Theological Seminary. He received an MA in Jewish Education in the Contemporary Jewish Studies program at Brandeis University and an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from SUNY at Albany.
 
Dr. Silk has three married daughters and is an avid swimmer.
 
 
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 Master's degree in Library Science.
 
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 and a dog named Olive.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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 their 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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cantor Shaul Praver
Cantor Shaul Praver joins the GRJC for the High Holiday season, as he leads us in prayer and directs our choir. He served American synagogues from 1989 to 2013 on a full-time basis in the capacities of Cantor and Rabbi. He transitioned to prison ministry in 2013 and continues his service in that field on a full-time basis for the State of Connecticut. He completed his doctorate in ministry at Hartford Seminary.
 
Cantor Praver is a protege of Cantor Naftali Herstik of Jerusalem's Great Synagogue. He studied at the Israeli School of Cantorial Art and was ordained by the Rabbinate of Jerusalem in 1989. He is also a recording artist and has released the CD "Sacred Space" with original compositions that he co-wrote with Beth Styles. His 'Rabbi Rock" album "Visions and Echoes" is also original ground-breaking work.
 
Cantor Praver lives in Fairfield, Connecticut with his wife, Beth, and their three children, Noah, Shane and Charlotte.
 
Rachel Blumenstyk, Hebrew School Principal Emeritus
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.  She shares her life with her children and grandchildren.
 
Shoshana "Shana" Remer, Teen Advisor
Shoshana “Shana” Remer is the GRJC’s Teen Advisor. Shana was born and raised in Glen Rock and attended Hebrew School at the GRJC. After becoming a bat mitzvah, Shana became a member of BBYO, a pluralistic Jewish youth movement, which is where her teen leadership skills developed. By Shana’s senior year at Glen Rock High School, she was the BBYO president of Northern New Jersey. Shana received her BSW at Indiana University, before heading back to the east coast to obtain her Master’s in Social Work from Columbia University.
 
Shana now lives in Hoboken and works as a licensed social worker (LMSW) at Bellevue Hospital. Shana enjoys her work-life balance, as you can always find her going to spin classes, checking out the newest restaurants and recipes, and, of course, shopping for the cutest earrings. Shana is personable, sweet and eager to start working with our teens.
 
 
 
 
Shani Abramowitz, Rabbinic Intern
Shani is a fourth-year rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York City, where she is also pursuing a Master's degree in Bible.  Originally from the Chicago suburbs, Shani is a former J Street Organizer and spent the last year working at the New Israel Fund as the Elissa Froman Social Justice Fellow and Rabbinic Intern.  Shani attended Brandeis University, where she studied English Literature and Psychology.  After college, Shani spent a year studying at Yeshivat Hadar, an egalitarian yeshiva on the Upper West Side of New York.  Shani loves all things reading and knitting, and is currently working on an original collection of poetry inspired by the Mishnah.

 

 

 
 
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