Barrie Halpern

Education Director

Barrie is our "Jewish Cheerleader".
Barrie has been in a Jewish education since 1995 as a Hebrew teacher, Hey Class (7th grade) teacher/coordinator, first grade Primary School teacher and Junior Youth Group Director. In 2001 Barrie became the Assistant Religious School Director of Temple B'nai Abraham in Livingston while continuing. to teach. She is passionate about Gemilut Chasadim, "giving of one's time and energy" through tzedakah and mitzvah projects. Barrie holds a B.A. from  Binghamton University where she worked as a Youth Director at the Broome County Jewish Community Center. She is a former commercial artist and worked in advertising before embarking on her career in Jewish education. Barrie attended UAHC Camp Eisner for ten years as a camper and staff.  Her philosophy is "If you want to your children to have a Jewish background, give them a Jewish playground." Barrie's professional and personal life exemplifies this quote by stressing the importance of combining informal Jewish education (camps, youth groups, home) with a formal Jewish education in the classroom setting. Barrie loves to share her love, dedication and commitment to Judaism with children and their families. She is married to her High School sweetheart Steven and has two wonderful children, Emily 18 and Adam 16. Barrie resides in Rockaway and looks forward to being a part of the Temple Beth Am family for many years to come. 
Pat Appelbaum

Pat Appelbaum joined Temple Beth Am in August of 2012, as the Office Administrator.  Recently, Pat has assumed the position of Office Manager.  Pat’s position was created to bring her unique knowledge of congregational life and business acumen to Beth Am. Her responsibilities include working with the Rabbi and President of the congregation to ensure all facets of congregational life, community and the building are working in concert to meet the needs of our Kehillat Kedoshah.  Pat has held positions at Temple B’nai Jeshurun in Short Hills and Temple Har Shalom in Warren.  She lives with her family in Bridgewater, NJ.