Elizabeth Bloch, MA
Director of Congregational Learning
Elizabeth has more than 20 years of experience as a Reform Jewish Educator (RJE) during which time she has held Director of Education positions at several congregations. She has overseen large schools of over 600 students and has helped to institute dynamic curricula. Elizabeth has developed and implemented programs for families and adult learners and has experience with the integrated preschool/religious school model. She has also served on the faculty of URJ Camp Harlam and as Director of 2-5 year olds at Southern Illinois Jewish Federation Day Camp. Elizabeth has a BA in English and Teaching from University of Haifa, and a Master of Arts in English and Education from University of Missouri.
“As a parent and as an educator, I have always believed in creating positive memory making experiences for our young children, as a way to learn and develop character; that is precisely what we do at Mountain Top School and that is why I feel privileged to be a part of its leadership team.”
Amanda joins our team with over 10 years classroom experience with pre-k, kindergarten and special needs children. She holds a BS from the University of Massachusetts and earned her MA at the University of Central Florida. Amanda is currently enrolled at Kean University for early childhood programming to make sure our students have the best and most current curriculum.
Amanda and her husband are local community members who are thrilled to have their children start attending Mountain Top school in the Fall of 2016. Please join us in welcoming the newest addition to our amazing team!
Lead Teacher, Yellow Class
Cooking Enrichment, Science Enrichment, Yellow Class Enrichments
Miss Kathleen has her B.S. from Rutgers University and has 13 years of Preschool experience. Kathleen began her Early Childhood venture by student teaching three year old children at Davidson Hall Psychology Daycare Center at Rutgers University. She also student taught at The Employees Center for Young Children at Merck Pharmaceuticals. Kathleen also has a tutoring business for children in grades 2 – 12.
“Children have the capability to be like little sponges—they take in as much education as presented to them. They learn and express the basic essentials of being kind, social, and loving so effortlessly. My passion inevitably lies in making sure I open up a new world of learning for young children, while establishing great teacher/parent partnerships.”
Head Teacher, Blue Class
Miss Dianne has a B.S. from Syracuse University and has been teaching in early childhood education for over 12 years. She has taught 2’s, 3’s and 4’s in several NJ temple preschools and loved every minute of it! Miss Dianne also heads the Mountain Top Summer program.
“There is nothing more rewarding than watching our children grow and learn and I believe there is no better place to do it than at Mountain Top.”
Head Teacher, Red Class
Miss Siggi earned her BA in Education from Brown University. She has more than 10 years’ experience teaching young children. She got her start in early childhood education in Santa Monica, CA where she was fortunate to work at The First School, one of the top pre-schools in Santa Monica. Prior to the birth of her daughter, she worked at The Pingry School in Short Hills, NJ, four of those years as a co-teacher in one of the Kindergarten classrooms. When she is not at Mountain Top, Miss Siggi enjoys reading, knitting, skiing and spending time with her family.
“What I love best about working with young children is how they remind me to take a step back and really notice the things that seem inconsequential to us as adults. In the words of Winnie (the Pooh that is): “Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known.”
Assistant Teacher, Red Class
Miss Nancy has her Bachelor of Arts from Arizona State University and is thrilled to be joining the staff at Mountain Top School for the 2015-2016 school year! Nancy has an extensive early childhood background ranging from Special Events Director at a day camp to PTO President and as a preschool teacher.
“I love coming to Mountain Top every day to see the kids smiling faces. Their excitement and energy is contagious to all around them. They are so much fun to spend every day with!”
Assistant Teacher, Yellow Class
Jeanne holds an Associate in Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education from Rockland Community College in Suffern, New York. Her dream was to become a Teacher and she is thrilled to be part of the Mountain Top Staff! Ms. Jeanne has worked at the Ho-Ho-Kus Board of Education as the Secretary to the School Principal and Assistant to the Business Administrator. She also
was a Group Facilitator for the American Red Cross in Hackensack, NJ. She loves working with young children and has three wonderful grandsons that she adores being with.
“I love the energy in the two’s classroom at Mountain Top School. The children are just precious!”
Denise began practicing yoga in high school, and it had a profound effect on her life. Through her personal practice, she was able to relieve stress, develop self-confidence, and cultivate a sense of clarity in her mind that she had not had before. She continued to practice through college, and once she graduated, decided to become a certified teacher so that she could share her passion with others. She has since completed a Kids Yoga certification through Little Buddha’s Kids Yoga. Denise truly believes that our youth can benefit immensely from the teachings of yoga. Her classes are a safe space for children to learn, have fun, and simply be themselves. Every week, she comes with passion and excitement to teach our students!
Cantor Anna Berman
Music Instructor, Mountain Top School
Cantor, Temple Har Shalom
Cantor Anna Berman received her undergraduate training in voice at the University of Maryland – College Park in 1986. During her hiatus between undergraduate school and cantorial school, Cantor Berman was a member of the Zemer Chai Choir of Greater Washington, which inevitably led her to the field of the Cantorate. As a student of Hebrew Union College, she joined the Jewish Congregation of Kinnelon, in Kinnelon, New Jersey, as both Cantor and Educational Director. In addition, Cantor Berman has worked for the Union of American Hebrew Congregations as a intern for the Commission on Synagogue Music and she has participated in several Biennial Converntions as musical planner.
Rabbi Randi Musnitsky, D.Min
Senior Rabbi, Temple Har Shalom
Rabbi Musnitsky has been an accomplished member of the rabbinate for more than 28 years. She served as a pulpit rabbi for 18 years, in Cincinnati after ordination and for 14 years at Temple Emanuel in Cherry Hill, NJ. In 2000, she was selected by the President of the Reform movement, Rabbi Eric Yoffie, to serve as the Regional Director for the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) in the New Jersey/West Hudson Valley Council, where she was responsible for supporting 55 congregations. Rabbi Musnitsky came to Temple Har Shalom in 2007. During her tenure as senior rabbi she has dedicated her energies to creating a vital and vibrant community among her temple families. She is actively involved in every facet of congregation life including: lifecycle events, B’nai Mitzvah, Confirmation, Mountain Top School, Religious School, youth group, adult education, outreach programs and innovative torah study.
Rabbi Randi Musnitsky is a graduate of Brandeis University and HUC-JIR. She holds a post-graduate degree in Pastoral Care and Counseling and received her Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Counseling at HUC in 2010. She has been a member of the UJC Rabbinic Cabinet for ten years, as well as the Israel Bonds Rabbinic Cabinet. She serves on the Clergy Emergency Response Team and is active in the NJ Coalition of Religious Leaders and Bishops. Rabbi Musnitsky has acted as an Ambassador for the American Heart Association since 1998. She now serves as a member of their Board, and in 2011 she was awarded their highest honor of “Women of Distinction.” She is the recipient of the Jewish Community Relations Council Interfaith Leadership Award and was appointed by Governor Corzine to serve on the New Jersey Commission on National Service in recognition of her lifelong commitment to building community and performing community service. Most recently she was named Chair of the Joint Commission of Placements for the Reform Movement.
“At Mountain Top we are blessed with the opportunity to help nurture our children to realize all the gifts that God has given them!”