Week of September 29 - October 3, 2014 (5 - 9 Tishrei 5775)
Week of October 6 - 10, 2014 (12 - 16 Tishrei 5775)
Week of October 13 - 17, 2014 (19 - 23 Tishrei 5775)
October 4, 2014 ~ 10 Tishrei 5775
October 5, 2014 ~ 11 Tishrei 5775
Divas on the Bima - 11/23/14
Hanina is the product of a Jewish Day School and High School education. She earned a Masters Degree in Social Work from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work of Yeshiva University, in 1978, and a Certificate in 1992 from the Institute of Not For Profit Management, a joint program of Columbia University and UJA Federation of NY.
Prior to joining the Beth El family in 1995, Hanina was involved in the human service field for 22 years. Hanina began her career as an Assistant Fund Raiser at UJA Federation of NY and then as the Program Director of Recreation Rooms and Settlement, a member agency of UJA Federation of NY. She then became the Assistant Director of the North American Aliyah Movement, an organization devoted to helping olim in their move to Israel. Thereafter, Hanina served as the Executive Director of B'nai Brith Hillel/Jewish Association of College Youth, a member agency of UJA Federation of NY, working with Jewish college students on campuses throughout the greater NY Metropolitan area, and then went on to become the Executive Director of TRI Center Inc., a privately owned drug and alcohol clinic with offices in Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx. Just before coming to the Beth El family, she worked as the Assistant Director of the JTS Mid Atlantic Region, coordinating specific fundraising efforts.
Hanina moved to Cherry Hill from NY in 1995 when she married Louis Ruttenberg. Hanina and Louis have a son Jacob.
Yaffa Fuchs has been the Educational Director of Congregation Beth El since 1989. Yaffa received a Bachelors degree in mathematics from Brooklyn College and a Masters in Jewish Education as well as a Principal Certification from the Jewish Theological Seminary. She also holds a New York State certification in mathematics.
As the daughter of a great Rabbinic lineage, Yaffa's Jewish education began early. Born in Israel, Yaffa immigrated with her parents to the United States at the age of ten and lived in New York City, where she attended Jewish Day Schools through High School. Her professional experience which spans more than thirty five years includes teaching mathematics and Hebrew in public schools, Judaic subjects in both Jewish Day Schools and Synagogue schools, and adult education.
Under Yaffa's leadership, Beth El Religious School has grown both qualitatively and quantitatively, becoming a United Synagogue Framework for Excellence School in 2004 and earning the prestigious Solomon Schechter Gold Award from United Synagogue in 2009 for Family Education. Among her successes is the founding of Project Lev, a special needs program for developmentally challenged children, for which Beth El received the Solomon Schechter Gold Award in 2008.
Yaffa Fuchs serves on the national board of Jewish Educators Assembly, a professional Jewish organization committed to the enhancement of Conservative Jewish Education. She enjoys singing, reading Torah and Megillah and playing her flute. She lives in Cherry Hill with her husband, Jack, and has two children and three grandsons.
Megan Nachod earned her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood and Montessori certification from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. She has worked with children of all ages, from birth to age 12, but the little ones under age six have been her professional focus. Her professional experience includes working with children who are typically developing and children with developmental delays. She has worked as a classroom teacher, center director and as an educational specialist for children with special needs.
Megan became the ECC director at Beth El in 2012 after launching a Jewish early childhood program in Center City for infants through five. The center was part of Pennsylvania’s Keystone STARS, a quality enhancement program. Under her leadership, it moved rapidly up the STARS ladder and earned its third start less than a year after enrollment. Megan brings this knowledge of current practice in early childhood as well as a passion for Jewish Education to Beth El.
Megan has been a member of Beth El for 14+ years. She and her partner have two children.
Yearit was born and raised in Israel, and attended an Ulpana high school (a girl’s Yeshiva). After completing her military service as an intelligence supervisor in the IDF, Yearit earned her B.A. in International Studies at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. While in school, she was involved with the Wisconsin Family and Schools Together (FAST) program, UW Madison McBurney Center for students with disabilities, and Hillel.
After relocating to State College, PA Yearit worked as a Program Registration Adviser at Penn State University, advising student organizations on how to plan events on campus. Due to her husband’s work Yearit relocated to Pittsburgh, PA. While in Pittsburgh she enjoyed working as a Hebrew Specialist in a preschool of a conservative synagogue which was part of the Pennsylvania’s Keystone STARS program, teaching infants through Pre-K.
In the summer of 2012 Yearit relocated once more with her husband Eleazar and their son to Marlton, NJ. The same year she joined Beth El Religious School as a teacher of the first and fifth grades. Yearit is excited and grateful to join the Beth El ECC’s family and the talented team of teachers as an assistant director. She is looking forward to get to know the current and future families of Beth El ECC.
In her free time Yearit enjoys hiking and camping with her family and organizing activities for Chevruta, the Cherry Hill Israeli Women Circle.
Shari began her career at Beth El in 2004, coming to us from the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey where she was responsible for the Men's Campaign along with other aspects of the Federation's Campaign department.
With a background in retail management, Shari worked for various retailers across the country including Bamberger, The Limited, Palais Royal and T.H. Mandy for over 20 years. Serving as both a retail store manager and district manager she was responsible for opening some of the first 'super' stores in malls across the country.
In 1990, Shari, her husband Jonah and their three daughters moved to Southern California where she played an active role in their synagogue, serving several terms as a Vice President on the Executive Board. Returning to the East Coast in 1996, Shari began her non-profit career working at Beth Tfiloh Day School in Baltimore, Maryland in their development office.
Today, in her role as Director of Community Life/ Membership Director, Shari enjoys working with long time members of the Beth El community as well as new members creating new and innovative programming for the entire Beth El family to enjoy.
Tamar was born and raised in Washington, D.C. At the age of twelve her family uprooted from the U.S. and made their new and permanent home in Jerusalem, Israel. After completing her high school education in Pelech Religious School in Jerusalem, she joined the Israel Defense Force for her mandatory two year service and served as a liaison between civilians and the military. Upon completing her service Tamar returned to the U.S. to pursue her B.A. degree from California State University of Northridge majoring in Early Childhood Education.
Following her passion for education, Tamar began working as a kindergarten teacher in the U.S. Upon returning home to Israel she began raising her own family, founded and directed a private daycare center and served as the cultural event director for her community in Moshav Chogla.
In 2006, Tamar, her husband Nir and their children, relocated to Voorhees at the request of Comverse Technologies, Nir’s employer. The Jewish education community welcomed her in various positions; Teacher, Family Program Director, Assistant Education Director and Youth group leader. With her love and connection to Israel, Tamar made it her mission to plan and coordinate customized trips to her homeland.
In the past two years, Tamar has been part of the Beth El Religious School staff teaching the Aleph and Gimel grades. Tamar now serves as the Executive Assistant to Rabbi Aaron Krupnick and oversees the Facility Rentals for Congregation Beth El.
In her free time, Tamar loves to travel, enjoys theatre and spending time with her four children, two of whom returned to Israel to serve in the Israeli army.
Amy Kaplan has been the librarian for Congregation Beth El since 1988. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she received her MS in Library and Information science from Drexel University, where she was elected to Beta Phi Mu, the national library science honorary society. Amy selects, catalogues, and organizes all books and media in the synagogue library. In addition, she leads the monthly Short Story Discussion Group. She shares her love of books with synagogue members of all ages from Beth El preschoolers to seniors, and also serves as a facilitator for local book clubs.
Amy is active in Jewish organizations on the local and national scene. She served two terms as President of the Katz Jewish Community Center. On the national level, she was installed as a member of the board of the national Jewish Community Centers Association in 2008.
Amy and her husband Barnard, an ophthalmologist, have lived in Voorhees since 1979. They are the proud parents of Sarah, an attorney, and Naomi, a student at the University of Pennsylvania.