Director of Education / Rebecca Bernstein McVeigh
Along with her husband, Rod, and sons, Andrew, Alex, and Ari, Rebecca Bernstein McVeigh joined our congregation in 1996. After serving in various leadership roles as a volunteer, she was asked to lead the religious school in a professional capacity in 2003, and then all of our educational programming shortly thereafter. Rebecca was raised on Cape Cod and graduated with a degree in Education from Simmons College in Boston, and has lived for the past 38 years with her family in Oakland, New Jersey. Contact her at: [email protected]
You can read Rebecca’s latest Temple Topics article here.
Executive Director / Iris Greenberg
Iris joined our congregation in 2004. She grew up in the city of Yonkers, New York, and now lives in Wayne, New Jersey. Iris graduated with a degree in speech pathology from Buffalo State College. After taking a summer position with a bank, she decided to change career directions. Iris worked for NYU – Weill Cornell’s The Rogosin Institute for almost 15 years before meeting and then working with a leader of the congregation that years later would again change her career path and bring her to this congregation. Contact her at: [email protected]
Administrative Assistant / Michelle Sherry
Michelle and her husband, Randy have been members of the BHSS community since 2004. Prior to joining the BHSS staff,Michelle graduated from Ithaca College with a Communications degree which she put to good use as a television and radio writer/producer for over 30 years.Switching gears, she is thrilled to be working with the BHSS staff and congregation that she holds close to her heart. Contact her at: [email protected]
Director of Informal Youth Programming / Samantha Spencer
Samantha “Sam” Spencer is a 2019 University of Vermont graduate with a degree in Elementary Education, Special Education, and American Sign Language. She currently is teaching public school third grade. She lives in Ramsey. In high school, she was actively involved in the synagogue. She is a past BHSS youth group president, past member of NFTY GER, and graduated from our Kadimah program. She spent many summers growing up at URJ Eisner Camp! Sam is now in her second year of teaching fourth grade in our religious school and has been a great asset to the staff. Her creativity and knowledge of new tech tools and communications avenues continue to enrich our programming. “I am so excited to continue to work with youth at BHSS! I am grateful for the mentors and role models that I helped shape me when I was in youth group during high school. I am eager to meet everyone and be the new Senior Youth Group Advisor!”
Director of Informal Youth Programming / Rebeca Berger
Rebeca Berger graduated from American University in 2017 and works in NYC executing strategic marketing and public relations campaigns for a global accounting firm. Rebeca has been a teacher in Family School for the past 3 years, after having been one of the charter “pioneers” of Family School with her family in the mid-2000s. She is a past BHSS youth group president, graduated from our Kadimah program, and has chaperoned and attended RAC trips for 9 years.
“Growing up, I was so proud to call BHSS my Jewish home even though I lived half an hour away. I spent multiple days a week learning, making friends, and attending events at the synagogue that helped shape my Jewish identity. I’m excited to inspire the next generation of youth to open their eyes as to how much fun being Jewish can be through meaningful connections, social action, and memorable experiences.”
Contact Rebecca at [email protected]
Caretaker / Roberto Lara
Roberto and his wife Dawn joined our congregation officially in August of 2015, but for nine years prior Roberto was the landscaper for our property, ensuring a beautiful surrounding for our building and keeping our driveway and parking lots safe for us all year round. Roberto is a jack of all trades…..can fix anything, is always there when you need him and has become another valued part of our team. When you see him around the synagogue please say hello and introduce yourself!