Scotch Plains shul has new education director
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Scotch Plains shul has new education director

Aviva Tilles
Aviva Tilles

Aviva Tilles is the new director of Congregational Learning at Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains. She will be responsible for directing its religious school and overseeing its high school program, youth groups, and adult education, providing a comprehensive approach to the synagogue’s commitment to life-long learning. Congregation Beth Israel’s religious school will offer in-person instruction and a remote learning track for the school year, beginning Sunday, October 18.

Ms. Tilles has more than two decades of experience working in the Jewish world, as both a teacher and an administrator. After receiving her graduate degree, she worked full-time for United Synagogue Youth in New York City, Seattle, and Chicago for 13 years. For more than 15 years, she worked in different Jewish congregational schools throughout the country.

“Aviva’s experience and enthusiasm make her a great fit for CBI,” the synagogue’s president, Aaron Kessler, said. “We recognize that our religious school, youth programs and adult education classes will look somewhat different this year, but we are confident that Aviva can help deliver a positive and meaningful Jewish education to students and congregants of all ages and abilities, in a safe and comfortable environment.”

“In attempting to craft what the upcoming school year should look like, we took into account the four ‘Cs — community, content, continuity, and commitment,’” Ms. Tilles said.

Religious school classes will be held outdoors as much as possible while the weather permits. When classes move indoors, the school will allow a maximum of 10 students in each classroom; all the rooms’ ventilation equipment has been enhanced. CBI is partnering with the Jewish Community Center of Central New Jersey to provide more classroom space. Health screenings and temperature checks will be required, and everyone in the synagogue will have to wear masks at all times.

For more information about the synagogue or its religious school, call (908) 889-1830.

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