Executive Director, Wendy Gottsegen
Wendy became Executive Director in April of 2013 after working with her predecessor and the Board of Trustees for several years as a volunteer with special expertise in Communications and Marketing. Prior to Temple B’nai Or, Wendy was the Director of Communications at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and held executive positions at Dell Inc. and Hill & Knowlton. She is a member of the National Association of Temple Administrators.
Wendy oversees all daily operations of Temple B’nai Or. She works to engage our congregants in every aspect of Temple life, while helping our clergy and leadership achieve their dreams for connecting our congregation and the Jewish Community.
She lives in Morristown with her husband, Paul and her daughter, Leah. They are proud to be members of Temple B’nai Or.
Director of Education, David Iskovitz
David Iskovitz, Director of Education, has served in the Joel & Helen Jacobs Religious School of Temple B’nai Or for more than two decades. Prior to this role, he was principal at Temple Beth El in Spring Valley for fourteen years. David first became involved in Jewish education during his college years at City College of New York. He received a MA from City University of New York, a MA in Supervision and Administration from New York University, and a Principal’s Certificate from Hebrew Union College. In the twenty seven years that he worked for the New York City School System, David was a science teacher, Chairman of the Science Department, and an Administrative Assistant to the Principal for the New York City School System. He also served as a liaison between the school and the District Office in a multitude of capacities.
David has been involved with informal education since College. He is currently the Director of Westchester Summer Day, a Jewish summer program that he established to integrate camping and beachfront water-skiing and boating on the Long Island Sound with Jewish education and special programming.
Director of Early Childhood Education, Jennie Rubin
Jennie Rubin, Director of Early Childhood Education, has been the director of the school since February 2005. Mrs. Rubin has been on the religious school staff, the Pre-School staff, served as the Chairman of the Pre-School Committee, and ran successful Family Engagement programs for the temple for many years. She helped create the Torah Explorers family Shabbat program, and redesigned the Pre-School into the multi award winning program that is offered today.
Mrs. Rubin received a Master of Arts in Jewish Education from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. She is a graduate of Parsons School of Design, with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Marketing, and attended Fairleigh Dickinson University Graduate School of Education. She holds New Jersey teaching licenses in both Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She is a member of the North American Board of the Union for Reform Judaism, and is the President of Early Childhood Educators of Reform Judaism. Her passion lies in supporting families on their Jewish journey, and is a vocal advocate for children with life threatening food allergies. Mrs. Rubin is “mom” to Ian and Hallie, both alumni of the Pre-School and the Religious School, and lives happily with her husband Jeff, in Randolph.
Administrative Assistant, Barbara Sherman
Barbara joined Temple B’nai Or in 2010 and provides part time administrative support for Temple programs and operations, including supporting the Rabbi and the Cantor. Barbara has deep synagogue experience, including prior Board service. Barb lives in Gilette with her husband, Gary.
Administrative Assistant, Kim Lefferts
Kim Lefferts has been part of the office team since 2004, supporting a wide variety of programming. Currently she provides part-time support to the Executive Director for the Yahrzeit and Memorial programming, Shabbat Service materials, High Holy Day materials and mailings. Kim lives in Denville with her husband Keith and their three sons.
Facilities Manager, Jamale Davis
Jamale Davis joined the TBO family in August of 2014, and is responsible for the maintenance of Temple facilities, as well as working with the clergy and senior staff to make sure Temple programming goes off without a hitch. Jamale most recently was in maintenance management at Equinox Fitness Corp, and also has maintenance experience in schools and public libraries.