Education Staff

Rabbi Miriam Hyman

Rosh Tefillah (Prayer Leader) and Education Director

Rabbi Hyman earned a BA in Biology at SUNY-Binghamton and an M.A. in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. She has taught Jewish Studies in a variety of settings, helped found a Jewish Family Education program in Rhode Island, and served as Education Director at Congregation Netivot Shalom in Berkeley, CA. While attending the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Rabbi Hyman served as High Holy Day cantor at Congregation Tiferes B'nai Israel in Warrington, PA., and as bar/bat mitzvah coordinator, teacher and Jewish family educator at the Germantown Jewish Centre in Philadelphia. Rabbi Hyman is married to Rabbi Michael Fessler. Rabbis Hyman and Fessler served as co-rabbis of Congregation B'nai Tikvah—Beth Israel in Sewell, NJ from 2004-2014. Rabbis Hyman and Fessler are the proud parents of Ariella, Raphael and Tamar.  Rabbi Miriam can be emailed at [email protected].

Cantor Devorah Gartner, Youth Advisor

Cantor Devorah 

Rachel Etkin, Education Assistant

Photo of Rachel Etkin

Rachel was born and raised in Bergen County, New Jersey, and currently lives in Hopewell Junction with her husband Michael and identical twin daughters Grace & Madison. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a degree in Elementary Education. She moved to the area in 2008 from New Jersey. 

Rachel worked as a Corporate Event Planner for 11 years, where she planned large-scale events for pharmaceutical companies in the U.S. and abroad. Since the birth of her children, she has been working in various offices doing administrative work. Most recently, she was an office manager for a local contractor.

In her spare time, Rachel enjoys traveling (when time permits), exercising and staying fit, watching movies, and spending time with her family and friends.  Rachel can be emailed at [email protected].

Our Wonderful Teachers

Morah Shelly White

Morah Lucia Swartz

Morah Karen Jacobs

Morah Beth Richardson

Morah Tikva Rose

Morah Karen Hochhauser

Morah Suzanne Turrisi

Morah Cantor Devorah Gartner

Morah Lucy Langer

Morah Amira Keren

Morah Michelle Klein