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Staff


Lisa Zelenetz, Synagogue Administrator
lzelenetz@shomrei.org
Lisa comes to us with many years of experience working for Jewish institutions. Prior to joining us at Shomrei, she was the Administrator for Congregation Shaare Tefilah in Dallas, TX and was previously the Middle School Office Administrator at Solomon Schechter Day School in New Milford, NJ.

Lisa is responsible for the overall management and day to day operations of the synagogue including supervising office staff, custodians, and coordinating volunteers.


Heather Brown, Director of Education
hbrown@shomrei.org
Heather feels right at home as Shomrei’s Education Director (Overseeing Shomrei Preschool and JLC, Hebrew School). With an MAEd from the University of Judaism in Los Angeles, she has worked in a variety of Jewish education settings for over 10 years, both as a teacher and administrator. Most recently, she served as the Director of Young Family Programs at the JCC in Manhattan. With 2 young children of her own, Heather enjoys being outdoors with her family and loves hiking in the South Mountain Reservation.



Lilly Lucey, Assistant Director, JLC (Hebrew School), Rabbinic Intern
llucey@shomrei.org

Most recently, Lily worked at Congregation Beth Shalom in Clearwater, Florida. She served as B’nai Mitzvah Teacher & Coordinator, prayer and song leader, cantorial soloist at synagogue and community events, religious school music teacher, and was often involved with synagogue and holiday programming. She is passionate about teaching Torah and Haftarah trope and Shabbat t’filot to students and their families with the hope that they will carry these skills with them for their future participation in synagogue life. She believes strongly in the importance of establishing relationships with students and families as they find their personal relationships with the Jewish experience. Lily is currently in seminary studying to be a Rabbi and serves also as Shomrei's Rabbinic Intern.

Aylah Winter, Assistant Director, JLC (Hebrew School)
awinter@shomrei.org
Since moving to Montclair Aylah has become involved in the Shomrei community. She has served on the Shomrei Education Board for two years and worked in the preschool as an assistant teacher. She also worked to coordinate travel to Israel for individuals, families and groups with a private tour operator.  Prior to moving to Montclair, Aylah and her family lived in Manhattan where she worked for several Jewish non-profit organizations. Most recently, she worked for American Jewish World Service coordinating their international Alternative Spring Break program for Hillel students around the country. Aylah is passionate about experiential education and its value with young adults. During this time she had the opportunity to travel extensively through central America.

Marita Falconer, Office Support
mfalconer@shomrei.org
Marita assists in our offices providing support for all clerical activities. Previously she was on the faculty of the JLC (Hebrew School). She has been teaching for 13 years and loves it. Seven of those years she's been at Shomrei teaching 4, 5, 6 and 7th grade Judaica. In a past life, she was a business analyst. She enjoys using technology to make learning fun and exciting for the kids. Marita relates, "The only thing I enjoy as much as teaching is learning." Her family belongs to Congregation Beth Shalom, a Conservative Synagogue in Teaneck. At Beth Shalom she's been a member of the Adult Education Committee for many years. She and her husband have three adult children.