Temple Sholom of Scotch Plains/Fanwood is pleased to welcome Jenny Winters as its new director of education.
Prior to her position at Temple Sholom, Winters was the director of education at Sinai Temple in Champaign-Urbana, Il., and assistant principal at The Temple-Tifereth Israel in Cleveland, OH. For 11 years, Winters worked in the corporate world for businesses such as Oticon, Marsh & McLennan and The New York Times, but her passion for Jewish Education took over again during the past year and she is eager and happy to join Temple Sholom in the role of educator.
“I feel that every moment of our lives can be one where we learn something new. As director of education, I see my position as having the privilege to define these moments as Jewish moments and bring them to the students, their parents and the congregation,” said Winters. “I see Judaism as an intricate web of beauty and knowledge that we are able to access if we are given the tools. My goal is to foster these tools within the school and the congregation so we all have access to the beauty of Jewish learning.”
Winters was born in Wayne, NJ, the daughter and granddaughter of cantors. Her involvement in her youth group (Temple Beth Tikvah), JFTY and Urban Mitzvah Corps led to a national position in the North American Federation of Temple Youth as the religious chairperson. While attending Rutgers University she majored in Jewish Studies and spent several summers in Israel. Following her B.A., she attended HUC-JIR and graduated with a joint Masters in Education/Communal service. Two years later she received her Reform Jewish Educator (RJE) certification.
She and her husband, Wes, live in Piscataway, NJ.
About Temple Sholom
Founded in 1913, Temple Sholom is a Reform Jewish Congregation led by Rabbi Joel N. Abraham and Cantor Darcie Sharlein. The Temple and its religious school is home to about 250 families from the greater Scotch Plains-Fanwood area. Currently residing within the Fanwood Presbyterian Church, the Temple is currently building on its future home on five acres of land in Scotch Plains. Temple Sholom is a member of the Union for Reform Judaism. For more information about the Temple or joining the congregation, please call 908-889-4900, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.sholomnj.org.