Meet the Co-Directors


Jill BucklerNursery School Co-Director: Jill Buckler
973-244-9800 x. 212

The Pine Brook Jewish Center community looks forward to Jill Buckler’s 2nd year as our Nursery School Co-Director. She has been our Pre-K teacher for the past 15 years, as well as, teaching the GAN class at PBJC Religious School for the past 5 years.  This is her 16th summer as the Unit Leader of Kindergarten Girls/Pre-K at Willow Lake Day Camp and has been teaching for a total of over 18 years in the non-profit field.

Jill is very excited to continue to teach the Pre-K, as well as, the GAN class on Sundays in the addition to her new administrative role as Co-Director.


Lisa LermanNursery School Co-Director: Lisa Lerman
973-244-9800 x. 212

The Pine Brook Jewish Center community is excited to welcome Lisa Lerman in her 2nd year as our Nursery School Co-Director.

Lisa graduated from Muhlenberg College where she earned a dual degree in business administration and social science.

Over the past 16 years, she has taken on various roles at PBJC, including: teaching the Mommy and Me class, introducing and implementing the science program, and assisting in both the two’s and three’s classes. She spends her summers working as a head counselor and administrator at Pine Brook Day Camp and performs administrative work throughout the school year. Lisa looks forward to continuing her role as a teacher as well as becoming a Co-Director at PBJC.

Both Lisa and Jill intend to continue to build and offer a warm, loving program that nurtures children, reinforces their natural disposition to ask questions, finds answers and strengthens a child’s ability to function as both a strong individual and as a caring member of a child-sized community.

Monthly News

It seems like just yesterday we were busy preparing for the new school year. To say time is flying by would be an understatement. In the blink of an eye, it will be December and we have been so busy learning, creating and making wonderful memories.

In the Nursery School we are all very thankful for our friends, teachers and of course our families. Thanksgiving is a very special time of the year. We invite our families to school to share the holiday with us. We tell the story of the Pilgrims, sing some fun holiday songs and enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving feast. Everyone has the chance to munch on some holiday favorites including turkey shaped cookies!

Chanukah is always a very exciting time of year for our preschoolers and at PBJC Nursery, we really know how to celebrate! The holiday spirit is alive and well….just peek into our classrooms and walk down our hallways. We will be reading holiday stories, baking yummy treats and making crafts that our families will cherish for years to come.  The children have been practicing for weeks and to cap off our holiday season, a very special Nursery School Chanukah/Shabbat program will be performed. The staff and children join us in wishing everyone Happy and Healthy 2018!

It is almost January which means that it will be time to start our Introduction to Preschool class for children who will be 18 months old by January 1. This transition class is designed for toddlers to slowly gain confidence and independence in a classroom setting. The children in “Intro” will be ready for Pine Brook Day Camp Summer 2018 program as well as the 2’s class in September. Registration is taking place now.

Planning for Summer 2018 is in full swing! We are currently working on registration for the Pine Brook Day Camp for children ages 20 months to 5 years old. Registration will soon be available in the nursery school office or please feel free to email us at to hear more about this wonderful program.

Registration for the 2018-19 school year will soon be open. Stay tuned for details regarding our dynamic and vibrant Pre-Intro, Intro, 2, 3, Pre –K and Giggle Zone programs in our January newsletter.

As always, our door is open to anyone who would like more information about any of our nursery programs.

Warm Regards,

Lisa Lerman / Jill Buckler

Nursery School Co – Directors

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