MJCBY is pleased to welcome passionate professional educator, Dr. Avi Mars, as our new Director of Education. He has taught in and led religious schools and day schools for decades and has been brought in as a consultant to hundreds of schools to help them assess and improve their educational systems, to train teachers, to engage students, etc. At MJCBY, Principal Avi can be referred to as Menahel Avi or just Avi if you prefer.
Born and raised in North Jersey, Avi has been educating in California for about the last thirty years and is excited to now be back here in The Garden State. The nonprofit Kids Make A Difference foundation Avi led in California for almost thirty years is now newly headquartered in Mount Arlington by Lake Hopatcong. Avi is just as passionate about “making a difference in the lives of kids” as he is about “helping kids make a difference in life.” He loves teaching Torah and keeping our Jewish traditions alive. He aims for his enthusiasm to be positively contagious to faculty, parents, and students. He is an engaging and inspiring educator and looks forward to “coaching our team of faculty, parents, and students” coming together “to help our students play at their best games.”
Avi is an enthusiastic educator and is a perpetual student himself regularly seizing opportunities to continue to question and learn. From engineering to business to education degrees, Avi has a varied background. He has been considered an educational visionary and has been highly sought after for his dynamic public speaking at schools and conferences across this country and beyond. He will be leading our Religious School, will be leading Junior Congregation for the High Holy Days and scheduled Shabbats, will be leading a Parenting Education series, and will be leading Club Tikun Olam.
Avi Mars is an out-of-this-world educational leader whom we are blessed to now have here for our stellar students.
Michelle Nulman was born and raised in Mexico City, Mexico. She attended Jewish Day School and belonged to the Hanoar Hatzioni Jewish movement with which she went to a kibbutz in Israel for a gap year before college. During that year in Israel she worked with little children in the kibbutz and she attended several seminars as part of the development for leaders of Jewish youth movements internationally. Back in Mexico, she earned her degree in Special Education and worked with children with special needs including learning and behavior disorders as well as language and hearing difficulties. In addition to being a classroom teacher, Michelle tutored foster children who were emotionally unstable. After getting married in Mexico, she and her husband moved to the US to pursue a Masters Degree. Michelle earned her Masters in Special Education from the University of Pittsburgh and moved to New Jersey. She worked with children with autism and PDD ages 6 to 10 in Bergen County while also teaching Hebrew in Basking Ridge.
In 2001, Michelle, her husband and their 1 year old twins moved to Morristown. Michelle was looking for a Jewish environment for her kids when she found the baby group at MJCBY. She has been part of our family since then and her 3 children attended Shalom Yeladim. Shortly after their third son, now 15 was born, she became the 5th grade Hebrew School Teacher and began teaching the 2 year old class in Shalom Yeladim. She taught in Shalom Yeladim and the Religious School for many years and she was Co-Director of the Religious School for 5 years. This is her fourth year as Shalom Yeladim Director
Miriam Krinsky comes to us with over 16 years of experience as a Jewish Educator and Program Director. She has lived in Austria, England and Canada, and is fluent in four languages. Miriam has six wonderful children, including twin girls. She is passionate about building strong communities by providing opportunities for meaningful, joyful and exciting Jewish engagement. Miriam is excited to join the MJCBY community, and is looking forward to bringing hands-on, minds-on, and souls-on programming to all!