Professional Staff




 Synagogue Administrator:
 Michelle Zuckerman
973-244-9800, x213
Michelle was appointed Synagogue Administrator in December 2017 after spending over fifteen years as a volunteer for the Pine Brook Jewish Center.  In her volunteer role at PBJC, Michelle served as Religious School Chair, Nursery School Chair, and B’nai Mitzvah Coordinator. She has held numerous positions in the Sisterhood including President, and has been the driving force behind many successful fundraisers and programs for all aspects of synagogue life. She is also very proud to have become an adult Bat Mitzvah at PBJC in 2014.

Michelle’s volunteer duties have extended to the local schools as she has held various leadership positions in the PTC’s including serving as President of Cedar Hill School PTC for over six years.  She was recently elected to the Montville Township Board of Education and serves on the curriculum and communications committees.

Prior to her current roles, Michelle worked in the information technology sector managing the installation of financial management, human resource, and purchasing systems for local governments and later as a director at a pharmacy benefit management organization providing products to many facilities.


Michelle earned her Bachelor’s Degree Cum Laude from Lafayette College where she double majored in Computer Science and Government and Law.  She also holds her Master’s Degree in Education from Rutgers University.  Michelle lives in Towaco with her husband Evan and is the proud mother of Lindsay and Hailey. She and her family consider PBJC to be their second home and Michelle is thrilled to be serving the community in this capacity.

Jill BucklerLisa Lerman Nursery School Co-Directors:
 Jill Buckler and Lisa Lerman
973-244-9800, x212
 The Pine Brook Jewish Center community looks forward to Jill Buckler’s 3rd year as our Nursery School Co-Director. She has been our Pre-K teacher for the past 16 years, as well as, teaching  the GAN class at PBJC Religious School for the past 5 years.  This is her 15th summer as the Unit Leader of Kindergarten Girls/Pre-K at Willow Lake Day Camp and has been teaching for a total  of over 20 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.The  Pine Brook Jewish Center community is excited to welcome Lisa Lerman in her 3rd 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 fifteen 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.



 Educational Director:
Mary Sheydwasser
973-244-9800, x214
Pine Brook Jewish Center is extremely pleased that Mrs. Mary Sheydwasser is entering her tenth  year as  Religious School Director. Mary has vast experience both as a Religious  School Director where she achieved “Framework for Excellence” and teacher at Shomrei Torah in Wayne. Born in Canada, Mrs. Sheydwasser grew up in an Orthodox environment and attended  Hebrew day school. The second of two daughters of parents that survived the Holocaust, she is forever indebted to them for teaching her everything that they could about being Jewish  and the importance of continuing Jewish education and traditions. Since immigrating to the United States, she has continued her professional development by taking courses at the  Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem, the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, the University of Judaism in Los Angeles and the JTS Leadership Institute for Educational Directors . Mrs. Sheydwasser is a vibrant and creative leader in our  synagogue who always has the children’s best interest at heart. Her goal for the school year is for every student to be proud of his/her Jewish identity and to feel comfortable walking into the  Synagogue.”

Support Staff

staff_lopez Office Administrator/Clergy Assistant:
Arlene Lopez (973) 244-9800, ext 201
* Clergy appointments and correspondence
* Congregant concerns/affairs
* Event Publicity including Bulletin / E-Letter announcements
* Shabbat announcements
* Temple Directory ChangesReligious School Administrator/Office Assistant
Robin Mangino (973) 244-9800 x 215
* Registration
* Junior Congregation
* Attendance
* General Administrative DutiesBookkeeping/Accounting: 
Esterina Herman (973)-244-9800 x 216
* Accounts Payable and Receivables
* Statement and Account Questions
* Tax information
* Stock Donations
* Credit Card ProcessingWebmaster: 
Seth Friedman (347)-534-6968

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