Our Teachers

Mimi Czeisler earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Maryland, and a Master’s Degree in Education from Johns Hopkins University.  She has teaching certifications in Maryland, Illinois, and New Jersey and has taught both in public and private schools.  Her extensive Hebrew School experiences have covered grades K through 5 and Mommy and Me classes. She has also worked with special needs students and does private Hebrew tutoring. Mimi and her family, husband Jeff and children Paula and Barry, moved to the Shongum area in 1987, and have been members of Mt. Freedom Jewish Center for more than three decades. She has been on the staff of our Hebrew School since 1991 and takes great pleasure in the number of students who have “graduated” our program and have become a Bar or Bat Mitzvah over the past 28 years. Mimi enjoys working with children of all ages, from various backgrounds, not only teaching curriculum through creative projects, but also helping all students develop a love of Judaism. Learning to read Hebrew, the basics of prayer, Jewish holidays and their observances, life cycle events, history, Torah, and Israel are just some of the subjects covered in her classes. We at Mt. Freedom Jewish Center want all students and their families to feel welcome, and Morah Mimi works to help your children build a strong foundation in Jewish traditions that they will carry into the future, and have fun along the way!

Anita Spivak Lieb was born in Bayonne, NJ. As a member of an Orthodox congregation my parents sent me to  the United Hebrew Schools 6 days a week for 8years. I graduated Rutgers University with a BA in psychology and a Masters in Social Work. I worked in a variety of placements including public schools,JCC,welfare and facilities for the elderly. During this time I was convinced by a Hebrew school director for whom I volunteered to become a teacher in our synagogue school.  I taught Hebrew School for about 30years in Maryland. During that time, I received a certificate of advanced learning from The Melton Institute for Hebrew School teachers. I have visited Israel several times as a tourist as well as in a program for Hebrew school teachers. I attended many conferences of CAJE. My most noted qualification is my love of Judaism and my desire to share these feelings with your children. My goal is to allow every youngster to learn enough to feel comfortable in our Jewish environment. That’s what I gave my children and what I hope to give your children.

Sharon Nessel has a strong Judaic background having gone to Jewish Day School through High School, and later receiving her BA in English from SUNY Albany with a minor in Hebrew. She has taught Hebrew School and worked with Jewish youth groups as an advisor for Kadima, USY, NFTY in Middlesex County and more recently in synagogues in Morris County. While living abroad in Brussels, Belgium, Sharon was instrumental in developing curriculum and teaching at the Liberal Synagogue geared toward, but not exclusive to, the English speaking community. Sharon has been involved in every aspect of the Mount Freedom Jewish Center for nearly fifteen years, including teaching in its Hebrew School. She has also taught Hebrew to adults through Read Hebrew America. Morah Sharon loves teaching your children at the MFJC, where she raised her three children, and to which she has devoted much of her volunteer time.

Donna Amdur East – I have had the privilege of teaching for the Mt Freedom Jewish Center Hebrew school for 4 years. My educational background is in Fine Art, Hebrew and Judaic studies in Yeshiva University and Israeli institutions. I try to merge my varied interests and backgrounds into fun, interactive and hands-on classes. If you don’t find me in the classroom, chances are we are baking challahs in the kitchen, washing our hands from shaving cream Hebrew letters, creating an artistic Jewish ritual object or practicing our full body Hebrew letter yoga poses in the hallway. I am fortunate to be married to the famous, Rabbi Menashe East and we are blessed with 5 rambunctious children and a beloved toy poodle. I love teaching at the Mt Freedom Jewish Center Hebrew school because of the loving teachers and a community that encourages teaching through creativity and flexibility.

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 202
Mt. Freedom, NJ 07970

Synagogue Address

1209 Sussex Turnpike
Randolph, NJ 07869

Contact Us

Phone — (973) 895-2100
Fax — (973) 447-7646
Email — office@mtfjc.org

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