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Our Team

The Glen Rock Jewish Center is blessed to have such fantastic and dedicated staff across all aspects of the organization, from its clergy to educators to building staff. Learn more about the great people who help support the Glen Rock Jewish Center below.
 

CLERGY/SPIRITUAL LEADERSHIP

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.
Rabbi Jennifer SchlosbergAn 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).  She is honored to be serving the Glen Rock Jewish Center and alongside her family, proud to be part of this vibrant community.
 
Learn more about Rabbi Schlosberg on her biography page.
 
  
Neshama Carlebach, High Holiday Cantorial Soloist
 
Neshama Carlebach is an award-winning singer, songwriter and educator who has performed and taught in cities around the world.  A winner and four-time nominee in the Independent Music Awards for her most current release, Believe, and winner of the Global Music Awards Silver Award for Outstanding Performance by a female vocalist for the album, Neshama has sold more than one million records, making her one of today's best-selling Jewish artists in the world.
 
Neshama has been a cornerstone of major Jewish music festivals across the U.S. and globally, performing in front of thousands at countless concerts and gatherings for audiences of all ages and backgrounds.  As the first then-Orthodox woman of her generation to perform for a mixed-gender audience, Neshama has sparked public conversations with brave forays into the place of women in Judaism and today's world. 
 
During the pandemic, Neshama was able to pivot and transform her work platform.  From her home studio, Neshama performed/participated in more than 350 Zoom events, ranging from fundraisers to gala events and life cycle moments where she was able to provide comfort and uplifting music to communities around the world.  Neshama lives in NY with her husband Rabbi Menachem Creditor and their five children.
 
Alex Friedman, Rabbinic Intern
Alex Friedman (he/him) is a Rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary in his fourth year of study. A native Texan, Alex grew up in the Conservative movement, leading his shul's USY chapter as its president.
 
Alex holds a BA in Politics and Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University and is currently pursuing an MA in Jewish Education from JTS' William Davidson School. He has worked as rabbinic intern at his childhood synagogue in Austin, High Holiday hazzan at Congregation Ahavas Chesed in Mobile, Alabama, and just finished a year of working with the Nativ Pre-college Leadership Program students as their rabbinic intern.
 
Alex enjoys cooking, podcasts, Jewish music and niggunim, and collecting owl tchotchkes. 
 
 
 
EDUCATION
 
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 with her husband, Bill. They have four children and a four-legged family member named Lucy.
 
 
Dr. Mark Silk, Hebrew School Director of Education

Dr. Mark Silk, Hebrew School Director of Education
Dr. 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 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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ADMINISTRATION
 
Galit Levinsky, Synagogue Operations Manager
 
Mindy Osterman, Outreach and Communications Coordinator
Galit joined the GRJC after years of experience working in Jewish organizations, including the Kaplen JCC at Tenafly and the Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines.

Galit also served as a product safety and business manager at Eastman Group, leading the onboarding of newly acquired brands and collaborating cross-functionally with senior management.  She has held various operations and business management positions in the USA and UK and served as a business tax advisor and auditor in Israel.
 
Galit holds a bachelors degree in human resources and behavioral sciences from the College of Management Academic Studies in Israel.

She resides in Glen Rock with her husband, Itay, and their three boys: Aviv, Daniel and Tommy.
 
 
Mindy Osterman, Outreach and Communications Coordinator
 
Mindy Osterman, Outreach and Communications CoordinatorMindy 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 and Instagram pages, using them 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 with her husband, Scott. They have four children between them: three sons and a daughter. They also happily share their home with delightfully spoiled felines.
 
 
JoAnne Forman, Administrative Assistant
 
JoAnne Forman joined the JoAnne Forman, Administrative AssistantGRJC team as Administrative Assistant in December 2019.  She is excited to be part of such a vibrant, involved Jewish community.
 
Prior to coming to GRJC, JoAnne worked as an office manager in a doctor's office and as the administrator of Sha'ar Communities.
 
JoAnne has also served on the board of her synagogue and as president of AHAVA, the parent association of SSDS of Bergen County.  
 
She spent many years as a stay-at-home mom and daughter. JoAnne has three grown sons and lives in Teaneck with her husband, David.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
FACILITIES
 
Jorge Dager, Maintenance Supervisor
 
 
 
Jorge, who is originally from Ecuador, has been working at the Glen Rock Jewish Center since 2014, overseeing the maintenance of our Sunday School, and in August of 2020 took over as maintenance supervisor.  Jorge is married to Nita, and together they share three daughters and two grandchildren.  He is very happy to be part of the GRJC community.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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