Morristown Jewish Center

Welcome to MJCBY: September 2014

WELCOME – Bruchim Ha-baim

Cantor Shana Onigman

New B’nai Mitzvah Tutor

Cantor Shana joins us after serving as a congregation cantor and B’nai Mitzvah teacher in a New Jersey synagogue. In addition to working with our B’nai Mitzvah students, she will teach seventh grade in our Religious School and participate in reading Torah and leading services throughout the year.

She resides in Morris Township with her husband, Matthew, and her children, Lila and Ilan.


Marla Katz

New Director of Shalom Yeladim-The Judie Gerstein Early Learning Center

Marla is a certified elementary and early childhood teacher with 24 years of experience teaching and educating children in Jewish organizations. She joins us after having served as director of a synagogue-based nursery school. In addition, Marla’s resume includes experience as a program director, youth director, early childhood teacher, head teacher, teacher and camp division director.

She resides in Morris Plains with her husband, Joel.


Hadar Tal

Rishon in the Religious School for the New School Year

My name is Hadar Tal. I am 17 years old. I live in Rishon Le-Zion, Israel. I am the youngest child in my family. I have one sister, Reut, and two brothers, Amit and Liron—they all serve in the army as officers. My father is a musician and my mother is a teacher of history and nationality. I play piano and guitar and I like to sing and perform in ceremonies and other occasions.

As your new rishon, it is important for me to embrace the Jewish identity of the Jews in the Diaspora. We need to embed the connection to Israel by presenting it as a modern and developed country.