Executive Director, Barbara Kavadias
Barbara is a long-time resident of Morristown. She has extensive experience in working with nonprofits to help make the world a better place. As the director of Field Services for RCRC, The Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, she largely played the role of consultant, helping to make state affiliates and chapters more effective and stronger. She has worked with many Reform communities in her time with ARZA and then more extensively when she served as Interim Temple Administrator at Temple Shalom in Succasunna. She is a past president of the West Morris Section of NCJY, is the Rosh of the Chevra Kaddisha at MJCBY, and the coordinator for the Morristown Group of Genesis Farm. Barbara is married to Hanoch Yefet and 3 of their collective 4 children have made Aliyah to Israel.
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.
Preschool Director, Caitlin Saunders
Caitlin has a B.A. in Early Childhood Education from Kean University and certifications in P-3 and Elementary Education. Caitlin was the Pre-K head teacher and assistant director at the Growing Tree Preschool in North Plainfield for six years. In that role, she supervised staff, planned and implemented curriculum, and worked with families from diverse cultural backgrounds. She also worked closely with the North Plainfield school district who funded several public preschool classrooms. Most importantly, she developed warm and close relationships with all the families in her school.
After five years at home with her young family, Caitlin returned as a Kindergarten then the lead PreK teacher at the JCC Blaustein Early Childhood Center in Bridgewater, where she continued to work through the early months of the pandemic. Caitlin lives in Whitehouse Station with her husband and their three children.
Administrative Assistant, Barbara Sherman
Barbara joined Temple B’nai Or in 2010 and provides administrative support for Temple programs and operations, including supporting the Religious School. Barbara has deep synagogue experience, including prior Board service. Barb lives in Gilette with her husband, Gary. They have two daughters Staci and Jodi.
Administrative Assistant, Elaine Searing
Elaine joined Temple B’nai Or in 2019 and provides administrative support for Temple programs and operations. Elaine supports the staff and congregants with administrative duties including weekly Yahrzeits, weekly Friday Bulletins, and other essential everyday tasks. Elaine lives in West Orange and has two daughters, Lisa and Jessica.
Marketing & Communications Consultant, Sharon Cytrynbaum
Sharon lends her marketing, communications and graphic design skills to Temple B’nai Or as part of her long and diversified career in media. Much of her career has revolved around children’s “edu-tainment”, including various creative roles in TV animation, PR/marketing, publishing and illustration. She has worked for renowned studios like Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, Warner Bros. TV Animation and PMMP Animation in Paris, and has also worked via her own content-creation brand called Playfully Posh Pixels – content for stylish kids and their playful grownups. In 2015, Sharon launched her own children’s education program called Adventure Comic Quests, live and virtual classes teaching the art of storytelling, adventure-writing and illustration. Sharon runs a successful stationery-design shop on Etsy while maintaining a steady freelance clientele in writing, illustration, and graphic design for individuals, small businesses, and non-profits. She designs many Bar/Bat Mitzvah logos throughout the year. Sharon lived in Paris for seven years, is fluent in French, and has traveled extensively.
Sharon graduated Magna Cum Laude from Tufts University, with a degree in Anthropology and French. A native of Beverly Hills, CA, Sharon lives in Livingston, NJ with her husband and two tween boys, Shayne and Noah, who attend Golda Och Academy.
Pre-School Family Liaison, Laila Sebiri
Laila joined the Temple B’nai Or Pre-School staff in 2016 and moved into her role as liaison for the 2020-2021 school year. Laila provides outreach, support and connection for our “public” pre-school families; playing an integral role in our partnership with the Morris School District. She coordinates engagement and learning opportunities for our families ensuring their connection to the pre-school and with one another. She lives in Morristown with her husband Jeremy, and children Madeline, Benjamin, Ella and Cate.
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.