Congregation Beth Israel (CBI) in Scotch Plains has announced that it has hired Elly Bauman as the new Education Director of its Religious School, effective July 1, 2010.

"The Search Committee was unanimous in its assessment of Elly Bauman as our best candidate and we are very pleased that she has agreed to join CBI and lead our school," wrote Larry Sanders, CBI Past-President, in a letter to the congregation. "Elly is committed to the high standards that our congregation expects and insists upon in our Religious School." Mrs. Bauman has an extensive background in Jewish education, with experience in teaching, curriculum development, programming, and administration. She was most recently employed as a Judaics teacher in Overland Park, Kansas. Before that she was the Director of the Institute for Jewish Living at Beth Tzedec Congregation in Toronto, Ontario, one of the largest Conservative Jewish congregations in North America. She has a Masters degree in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary, a Masters in Educational Administration and Management from NYU, as well as a BA (minor in Judaic Studies) from SUNY Albany.

Mrs. Bauman grew up in East Brunswick, New Jersey. As a student at the East Brunswick Jewish Center, she served as Regional President of United Synagogue Youth (USY). "These foundational years of my Jewish education left a lasting impression and directed my choice of career," wrote Mrs. Bauman in an introductory letter to members of Congregation Beth Israel. "I began my career in Jewish Education right here in the Hagalil Region of USY," she wrote. Mrs. Bauman has moved back to her native New Jersey with her husband, Rabbi David Bauman, and her two children, Matan, 11, and Ori, 8. "I am very excited to begin my new position at CBI," said Mrs. Bauman. "I look forward to getting to know all the families and working to create lasting Jewish educational moments for the students."

Mrs. Bauman greeted current and prospective members at Congregation Beth Israel's Open House, Sunday, June 27. She is available throughout the summer, and welcomes questions, comments and suggestions about the Religious School. To contact Mrs. Bauman, call the synagogue office at (908) 889-1830 or send an e-mail to  

Congregation Beth Israel's Religious School, designated as a Framework for Excellence School from United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, holds classes for students in pre-school through twelfth grade. Congregation Beth Israel is located at 18 Shalom Way, Scotch Plains (corner of Martine Avenue).

Pictured at Congregation Beth Israel's Open House are (from left): Elly Bauman, Education Director of the Religious School and Susan Menaker, Member Relations Chair.