Our faculty

Beth Berns - Counseling, Group WorkBeth Berns

Counseling, Group Work

Beth Berns, LCSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, provides supportive psychotherapy for adolescents and adults struggling with anxiety, depression, addiction, parenting, life transitions, bereavement and relationship issues. Beth’s office is located in Chatham. Her specialties include anxiety and addiction. Beth previously worked at Jewish Family Services of Metrowest as a Synagogue Social Worker at Temple Ner Tamid and at Temple B’nai Jeshurun as a Clinician/Facilitator of mom and child support groups. Beth also has experience working with in-patient and outpatient psychiatric patients. She has 20 years of experience as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  Prior to a career in Social Work, Beth worked in the banking industry. She received her MBA and her MSW from NYU.  In addition, Beth has completed many continuing education programs in Mindfulness, EFT, CBT and most recently completed a Post Master’s Certificate Program at NYU in Advanced Clinical Practice and Clinical Approaches to the Addictions.

 

Rabbi Rachel Hertzman

Rachel Hertzman

Pastoral Counseling, Wellness Writing

Rabbi Rachel Hertzman is a 1985 ordinee of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.  Her rabbinic career began in South Florida and has taken her to Baltimore, Maryland and northern Jersey. She has served in congregational and organizational capacities as spiritual leader, teacher and program coordinator. Her most notable contributions have been in the areas of outreach to Jews by Choice and intermarried families and domestic violence awareness and prevention. Rabbi Hertzman is married to Rabbi Rex Perlmeter, the Jewish Wellness Center of North Jersey’s founding director.

 

Shelley LevineShelley Levine

Jewish Spiritual Yoga Practice, Yoga Therapy

Shelley Levine has practiced yoga for over 15 years and taught for the past 6 years. She is a graduate of both the Yoga and Jewish Spirituality Teacher Training and a 300-hour Teacher Training in Montclair, NJ. She is currently enrolled in Gary Kraftsow’s Viniyoga 500-hour Therapeutic Teacher Training. Shelley teaches yoga to veterans with chronic back pain and trauma in East Orange, NJ and also teaches at the Jewish Meditation Center of Montclair, NJ, at Romemu in NYC, and Govinda in Chatham, NY. She has given workshops and taught in the Tri-state area and Israel. Prior to teaching yoga, she worked in health planning and as an advocate for the elderly.  Having lived in Montclair, NJ for 23 years, she and her husband have migrated to New York City.

 

Leana MorrittLeana Morritt

Sacred Chant-Based Meditation

Rabbi Leana Moritt is the founder of Thresholds: For the Jewishly Curious, a pioneering and inclusive Jewish engagement organization providing education, consultation, and support and counseling to interfaith families and those seeking to enter or spiritually infuse their Jewish life. (www.JewishThresholds.org). She created Thresholds after nearly ten years at New York’s 92nd Street Y as Director of Jewish Outreach and Jewish Life educator and leader.

In addition, Rabbi Moritt also serves as the rabbi and musical voice of the Roosevelt Island Jewish Congregation in New York City, is a CLAL Rabbis Without Borders Fellow and teaches widely throughout the tri-state NY area.  A creative liturgy award winner and experienced chaplain, she holds dual rabbinic ordination from Academy for Jewish Religion in NY and Aleph: the Alliance for Jewish Renewal.

Prior to her career as a rabbi, she spent 10 years in the music business as Director of Production for Arista records and loves to talk about how her Milli Vanilli platinum record hanging on her wall led her to the rabbinate.

 

Noach Shapiro - Counseling, Group Work, Text Study

E. Noach Shapiro

Counseling, Group Work, Text Study

Rabbi E. Noach, MSW, LSW received his rabbinic ordination from Jewish Theological Seminary in 1999. For ten years he was the spiritual leader of congregations in Atlanta, GA and Montclair, NJ. Noach received his MSW from NYU and has been engaged in psycho-therapeutic work with families, couples and individuals in particlar adults struggling with addiction. In this chapter of his professional adventure, Noach is exploring the powerful nexus of spiritual, therapeutic, and psychodynamic work–all toward personal, communal and even cosmic In this chapter of his professional adventure, Noach is exploring the powerful nexus of spiritual, therapeutic, and psychodynamic work–all toward personal, communal and even cosmic (Tikkun Olam) transformation.

 

Beth Sandweiss

A psychotherapist for over 25 years, Beth has counseled individuals, couples, families and groups in a variety of settings, including schools, hospitals, synagogues, clinics and private practice. She received her MSW from Rutgers University and is certified as a family systems therapist by the Ackerman Institute in NYC.

Beth is a longtime student of meditation, and over the course of the last decade, her meditation practice has become central to

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her life.  She completed the Jewish Meditation Teachers Training Program through the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, the Oakland, California based Mindful Schools Program, and is training in MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy), a group model based on the work o

f Jon Kabat-Zinn. Beth co-founded  the Jewish Meditation Center in Montclair New Jersey and leads mindfulness meditation groups and workshops in New Jersey and New York.

Her mindfulness based practice and teaching combine the aspects of life to which Beth has always been passionate – helping individuals and groups cultivate qualities of heart and mind that allow them to experience more moments of peace and well being in their lives.