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.
Marc D. Colton
Marc is a Past-President of Temple Beth Am and is now serving as our part-time Executive Director. His extensive knowledge of TBA and the Reform movement in general will allow him to oversee the administrative functions in the Temple and lead our “turnaround” efforts as identified by the TBA Board.
Marc has a BA in Marketing & Management from George Washington University and is a graduate of the Bendix Executive Management Institute.
He is also the President of Synagogue Management & Marketing, a consultancy serving synagogues throughout the New York Metropolitan area and founder of AdJournalsPlus.com.
Marc and his wife Fran, Son, Mitchell and Daughter, Hayley live in Rockaway.
Samantha Smitte has joined Temple Beth Am as the new part-time BATY Youth Advisor. She comes with great leadership experience and a real passion for youth programming. Samantha currently lives in Randolph, NJ, where she works full time for the Hebrew Academy of Morris County.
She officially started with BATY on October 1, 2012, and is eager to become involved with the temple. She aims to revitalize the group with effective and engaging programs, as well as leadership opportunities for the teens. BATY will be holding their first event of the year on October 21st, at 12:30 PM in the Board Room. Feel free to contact Samantha with any questions via email at Q4011@aol.com.