Lisa Friedman serves our congregation as Co-Director of Education, overseeing the Jewish Studies programs for children in grades PreK-12 as well as our programs for students with disabilities and unique learning needs. In additon, Lisa teaches grades six and seven in our Hebrew School. In each role she upholds one of the core principals of our congregation: to teach Torah to all of our children, and to find ways to allow each individual student to rise to his or her full potential as a Reform Jew.
Lisa is a graduate of Rutgers College with a B.S. in Psychology and she holds a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology, also from Rutgers. Lisa is certified to teach special education in grades K-12 and elementary education in grades K-8. Before coming to Temple Beth-El in 2001, Lisa worked in the NJ public schools in special education.
Lisa recently completed the Leadership Institute for Congregational Educators (a joint program of Hebrew Union College and the Jewish Theological Seminary) and is an active member of NATE (National Association of Temple Educators) where she currently holds a leadership position as the Co-Chair of the Membership Team. She has held other leadership positions in the area of incusion of individuals with disabilities within the Reform Movement, has been published on both the RJBlog and ReformJudaism.org and is frequently asked to present on this significant topic.
Lisa, her husband Gary and their two children live in Hillsborough and are members of the Temple Beth-El congregation.
To contact Lisa, please call her at 908-722-0674, ext. 127 or e-mail Lisa Friedman.