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Meet Our School Faculty


Vivian Lichtman was born in New York, where she taught Sunday school before moving to Pennsylvania.   She has an Masters in Education degree in both education and school counseling.   She earned 24 years of experience teaching and counseling children from Kindergarten through 8th grade before she retired in June, 2008.   She wrote grants and received money for some valuable projects and facilitated community service learning activities at her schools.   Vivian has taught 3rd grade Hebrew at Or Hadash since 2005 and co-teaches the 3rd grade class this year with Bonnie Ritterman.  

Bonnie Ritterman has been teaching at Or Hadash since 1999.   Bonnie is co-teaches in the 2nd grade classroom with Vivian Lichtman and also heads our Resource Room.   She helps students to unleash their full potential with remediation and acceleration as well as work on learning differences. Bonnie has taught all levels of public elementary school.  Bonnie is part of the Or Hadash community and lives in Dresher with her husband, Fred. They are the paroud parents of two grown daughters and enjoy their two lovely grandchildren. 

Lori Rubin has been a member of Or Hadash for the past 15 years.  Having taught religious school in Conservative, Reform and Reconstructionist settings for over 25 years, she is excited to bring her experiential skills to our 8th and 9th grade class.  Lori served as our Educational Director for 12 years, our Programming Coordinator for 2 years, and currently serves on our Board of Directors as co-chair of our Social Action/Tikkun Olam (SATO) committee.  At Camp JRF, the Reconstructionist movement’s overnight camp, she has been the Rosh Hinuh, Director of Education, as well as the Tikkun Olam Program Coordinator.  When she is not at Or Hadash, Lori is the Director, Family Engagement at Jewish Learning Venture, where she enjoys building relationships with families, facilitating Jewish programming in public spaces, and serving as a consultant to congregations looking to enhance their family engagement opportunities.  Lori, and her husband Jon, have three children:  Alex, a student at Northwestern University, Abby, a studetn at Washington University in St. Louis, and Hilary, a 10th grade student in our Confirmation class, who have all grown up at Or Hadash.  

Carolyn Savitzky began teaching religious school in 1988 while earning her teaching certification from the South Jersey Bureau of Jewish Education.  Over the years, she has taught at a number of synagogue schools in the region.  In 1995, Carolyn and her family joined Or Hadash and she began teaching in the religious school the following year.  Carolyn has taught students of all ages, from pre-school through adult.  In addition to her work in the classroom, Carolyn tutors B’nai Mitzvah students and serves as a service leader for our Gan students in Pre-K through first grade.  Carolyn teaches the combined 5th/6th grade class which focusses on B’nai Mitzvah preparation, prayer fluency and leadership.

OUR  MADRICHIM (Leadership Assistants)

Our proud tradition at Or Hadash is to groom our students to assume a leadership role in our Religious School in 8th – 12th grades.  Our Bnai Mitzvah students often volunteer in 7th grade in preparation for this sought-after role.  As Madrichim, they assist in our classes in the first session from 9:00-11:15 and then continue their Jewish education within our Hebrew High program in second session from 11:15-1:00.   They attend professional development programs designed and implemented by our Education Director to learn leadership and pedagogical skills that they can put to use in their classroom. 

Are valued Madrichim are:

Hilary Rubin-TAP graduate*
Issy Goldstein-TAP graduate*
Abbe Goldstein-TAP graduate*
Zoe Moscovici
Emily Steinberg
Hannah Jarvis
Adina Gewirtzman
Justin Zitelli
Alexa Kapoor
Sarah Levin
Joey Shimer

*TAP – Teen Aid Program, students learn how to effectively assist in congregational schools.