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Our Staff


Hanina Ruttenberg

Executive Director

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. Contact: hruttenberg@bethelsnj.org

Yaffa Fuchs

Educational Director

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. Contact: yfuchs@bethelsnj.org

Dina Eliezer

Early Childhood Center Director

Dina Eliezer is a passionate Jewish educator who has been celebrating Judaism with children and adults for over 30 years. From 1990 to 2011 she served as the Assistant Director and then Educational Director at Temple Beth Sholom (TBS) in Cherry Hill, NJ. She created a program and a curriculum that lead to the accreditation and receiving of the Framework of Excellence Award twice. Since 2011 she has served as the Education Director of Congregation Shearith Israel in Dallas Texas. During her tenure there she revitalized the school with dynamic programming and state-of-the-art technology.

After traveling throughout three continents and attending various universities, Dina received a BA degree in Foreign Languages from Edison College. She earned her MA degree in Jewish Education in the Administration Track from Gratz College. For the last few years, she has been pursuing a Doctorate degree in Jewish Studies at Spertus Institute for Jewish Studies in Chicago.

Dina was born in Turkey, raised in Israel. She is married to Edi and has three children, Netanel, Neomie and Elishay, and a grandson Adrian. Contact: deliezer@bethelsnj.org

Yearit Acosta

ECC Assistant Director

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. Contact: yacosta@bethelsnj.org  

Tamar Barkan Shamir

Executive Assistant to Rabbi Krupnick, Facilities Manager, Event Coordinator

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 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. Contact: tbarkan@bethelsnj.org

Beth Josephs

Beth has been involved in her local Jewish communities for many years. She grew up in Fair Lawn, NJ, at Temple Beth Shalom. After getting married, she moved back to Fair Lawn, re-joined Temple Beth Shalom, and spent many years on the Education Committee.  When her family moved to Marlboro, NJ, they joined Marlboro Jewish Center. Beth served on the Executive Board as VP of Fundraising. She also served on the Education Committee, re-started the Shallach Manot program and was a Sisterhood member.

Additionally, Beth was the Senior Executive Assistant to the Executive Director at Marlboro Jewish Center. She worked in the office for 13 years. Prior to MJC, Beth worked as a recruiter and a Manager of Employment for Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ. She also owned a children’s clothing store.

Beth is married to Larry who is the VP of Sales at a consumer Electronics Company located in Edison NJ. They are the parents of Jennifer and Sam. Jennifer is an Early Education Teacher who lives in Maple Shade, NJ, and Sam is an Honors Mechanical and Electrical Engineer major at Rowan University.

Contact: bjosephs@bethelsnj.org

Amy Kaplan


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. Contact: akaplan@bethelsnj.org





      • Ralph Maietti

        Director of Maintenance


Early Childhood Center Faculty

    • Michal Alboher
    • Eden Aroshas
    • Jennifer Borger
    • Ellie Burstein
    • Sharon Diamond
    • Elana Doar
    • Kathleen Emeneo
    • Julie Gelman
    • Susan Giglio
    • Susan Haggas
    • Lora Helman
    • Belle S. Hirn
    • Sujata Kushary
    • Paula Levine
    • Hillary Maslin
    • Kiyomi Miller
    • Sheryl Morales
    • Elayne Ostroff
    • Stephanie Quillen
    • Florence Raffa
    • Jennifer Reich
    • Shira Sklar
    • Andrea Smith
    • Lauren Spector
    • Caryn Weiss
    • Bernadette Wiercioch
    • Shari Wild

Religious School Faculty

      • Larry Abrams
      • Michal Alboher
      • Chaya Amar
      • Gloria Andersen
      • Ellen Bernstein
      • Pam Bornstein
      • Elana Doar
      • Ellen Fine
      • Mali Gold
      • Alan Kritz
      • Lea Rozovsky
      • Cantor Leon Sher
      • Debbi Silverman
      • Binyamin Stone

Hebrew High Faculty HH1- HH4 (Grades 7-10)

  • Larry Abrams
  • Tamar Barkan Shamir
  • Hazzan Alisa Pomerantz-Boro
  • Ellen Fine
  • Harry Grossman
  • Alan Kritz
  • Rabbi Aaron Krupnick
  • Chaim Respes
  • Binyamin Stone