Our Professional Staff

Executive Director:

Ellen Botwin                              Ellen 4

Ellen joined the professional staff of EBJC in November 2015 after three years as Executive Director of a Conservative Synagogue in Mercer County.  For 17 years, Ellen was the business administrator of Maple Stream Road Preschool of Beth El Synagogue in East Windsor. Over 27 years of volunteering for National Council of Jewish Women and for her synagogue, Ellen has extensive knowledge in all aspects of synagogue life.

As a member of NAASE, the North American Association of Synagogue Executives, Ellen has attended conferences leading to an education in the fiscal management of synagogues as well as engagement, outreach, programming, fundraising, and building management.

Always eager to reach out to the community, Ellen is happy to meet with members to discuss anything and everything relating to the synagogue.  Having worked in a preschool environment for so many years, you can often hear her singing in her office and you will find her interacting with our preschool children.

Ellen is married to Robert and has two children, David and Samantha.  David is a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and is married to Jill.  They have a toddler girl and infant son who are most delicious.  Samantha is married to Mitchell Nock and recently gave birth to their little girl Sayona. She is an RN in the cardiac care unit of St. Francis Hospital.


Education & Youth Director:

Julie Schwarzwald               

Julie Schwarzwald

Julie joined the professional staff of EBJC in July 2014. As Education and Youth Director for the EBJC, Julie serves as the principal of the Kesher Jewish Learning Program and oversees the advisors for EBJC’s youth groups. Julie takes a leadership role in teen learning and Shabbat and holiday programming for our youth. Julie is currently the Advisor for the Kadima youth group (grades 6 through 8) and the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Instructor, in addition to her other responsibilities. Julie is enthusiastic and derives great delight in working with all ages. Her expertise in differentiation and experiential and informal education complement our already impressive supplemental school curriculum.

Julie grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio and graduated from Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of the Arts in Education Policy Studies, a unique, interdisciplinary major. She received her Masters of the Arts from Teachers College, Columbia University in Computers in Education. Julie holds certification for elementary education, which includes grades from nursery through eighth, and Social Studies from kindergarten through twelfth grades. She has taught in a variety of educational settings, including both public and private schools, in New York, California and New Jersey. Prior to joining the East Brunswick Jewish Center, Julie taught at Golda Och Academy in West Orange for twelve years.

In addition to her work at Golda Och Academy, Julie taught sixth grade Torah reading and Kitah Bet/2nd grade Sunday school, as well as serving as the Advisor for USY and Kadima youth groups for several years.

Julie was honored to have been the first winner of the Si Schwartz Young Leadership Award, New Jersey Region-2007, presented by United Synagogue.

Feel free to email or call EBJC to make an appointment to meet Julie and discuss your child’s education or just say, “Hi.”

Early Childhood Learning Center Director:

Lynda Perel 

Lynda is happy to be the director of our Early Childhood Center and is looking forward to a very bright future for our school and for our children.

She graduated from the State University of New York at Oneonta with a Bachelor’s Degree, majoring in Elementary Education and is a certified teacher in the State of New Jersey.

Before joining EBJC as Director our Early Childhood Learning Center, Lynda was an employee of the East Brunswick Public Schools System, the director of Camp Gan B’kayitz, the camp coordinator at Temple B’nai Shalom, and 18 years as a preschool teacher..

Please feel free to call, visit or email Lynda at EBJC.


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