Mt. Freedom Jewish Center Hebrew School
MFJC offers an after-school Jewish experience for children, grades 1 through 8, who reside in and around the Randolph community. MFJCHS provides Judaic enrichment through Jewish texts, song and music, hands-on learning experiences and Hebrew language instruction. We want our students to learn and live their heritage so that they carry their passion and love of Jewish life to their families, to their neighborhoods and to their schools. Our vision is to prepare our students for their future as engaged Jewish adults.
MFJCHS is attended by excellent teachers, and overseen by our Rabbi. Our staff is dedicated to providing each student a sound Jewish education in a warm and nurturing environment. Classes meet once a week, on Tuesday afternoons, from 4:30 – 6:30 PM from September through May. Through their participation in MFJCHS, students experience what it means to live a Jewish life rooted in their faith, their people and their traditions. By the time of their Bar and Bat Mitzvah, MFJCHS students are well prepared for this milestone.
Attendance is open to non-shul members with discounts provided to Shul members. There are reduced rates for multiple attendees from the same family. In principle, we will not turn away any student for financial reasons. We want our students and their families to feel like the MFJC is their spiritual home and a place of Jewish learning.
Mimi Czeisler earned a Master’s Degree in Education from Johns Hopkins University, and has teaching certifications in Maryland, Illinois, and New Jersey. She has taught grades K through 5 in Hebrew School, Mommy and Me classes, substituted at the Hebrew Academy, and also does private tutoring. She currently works at the Calais School for special needs students, as well as the Morristown Jewish Center.
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 two decades. She has taught in our Hebrew School since 1989, 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 23 years. Mimi enjoys working with children, not only teaching curriculum through creative projects, but also helping all students develop a love of Judaism, celebrating the beauties of our traditions. She hopes to see our Hebrew School continue to grow and is looking forward to another successful year.
Sharon Nessel received her Bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Albany with a minor in Hebrew. She has been teaching Hebrew School and working with Jewish youth groups as an advisor for Kadima, USY, NFTY and other synagogue groups from the time she was in college. She has a strong Judaic background having gone to Jewish Day School through High School. She has taught in many synagogues in Morris County as well as at the Liberal Synagogue in Brussels Belgium while living abroad. As a MFJC Hebrew school teacher for a number of years, she helped to enhance the curriculum. Sharon has also taught Hebrew to adults through Read Hebrew America. Additionally, Sharon worked as Director of Programming for MFJC for a number of years. She is very much looking forward to teaching your children at the MFJC, where she has raised her three children, and to which she has devoted much of her volunteer time.
Hebrew school teacher Donna Amdur East is our newest addition to the teaching staff. Donna grew up in a number of communities, but spent a majority of her time in Highland Park, New Jersey and Israel. She graduated from Yeshiva University with a minor in Jewish Studies. She has pursued a Masters in Jewish Philosophy at Bernard Revel Grad School. Donna moved to Randolph, New Jersey, with her husband Rav Menashe in 2009, and has four children. She has taught in South Brunswick, at the New School in Manhattan, and at the Ramaz lower school. She is thrilled to continue her teaching career and share her love of Jewish education at Mt. Freedom Jewish Center Hebrew School.
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