Meet Our Staff
Thorin Tritter is an experienced educator and non-profit administrator who has lived in Bergen County for the past 18 years. He came to Congregation B’nai Sholom/Fair Lawn Jewish Center after a career that has included teaching at Princeton University, directing the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE), and managing the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County. Thorin earned his BA in American History from the University of Chicago, and his MA and PhD in American History from Columbia University. Thorin, his wife, and their two sons live in Tenafly.
To reach Thorin, please email him at Thorin@fljc.com or call the synagogue office.
Rosemary Cerracchio is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Caldwell University with a degree in English and Art. She has been working in Conservative synagogues since 2005 and at the Fair Lawn Jewish Center since 2015. Prior to that, she was a legal secretary with Meyner and Landis, Esq., in Newark, NJ and appointed their Emergency Management coordinator with the FBI after the 911 attacks. Rosemary has two sons, Edward and Andrew, and three grandchildren, Santino, Luke, and Charlotte. Both of her sons attained the rank of Eagle Scout and entered the US Army after high school completing tours in Iraq, Afghanistan, Korea, and Africa. When her sons were overseas, Rosemary signed up with Bloomfield College’s Homestay program working as an ESL instructor. For five years, she opened her home as a residence to many Korean students attending the college, who were completing their undergraduate degree at the time. In addition to her sons and grandchildren, sharing her life with students from a different country was the most rewarding experience she ever encountered.
Carol Zuchter has worked at the synagogue since 2019, when she joined the staff at Temple Beth Sholom. Previously, she worked at Cablevision for 34 years. Carol lives in Paramus.
Gilda Winters came to CBS/FLJC in July 2000. She was born in Jersey City to Holocaust survivor parents, which shaped her upbringing in many ways. She received her degree in Education from Yeshiva University’s Stern College and then entered the business world to help run her husband’s family business. She moved to the Teaneck/Bergenfield community in 1976, where she brought up her children Matthew and Robin while working as a bookkeeper and credit manager. She is a doting grandmother of two, Matan and Nadav.
Margery Zarcone was born in Brooklyn. She has five sisters and a son, Richard. She attended the Wilfred Academy of Beauty in New York City and in 1977 moved to Fair Lawn where she worked as a beautician. In 1988 she started working part-time at the Fair Lawn Jewish Center. She later became a full-time employee on the custodial staff, rising to become the building manager.
Marcia Kagedan brings her vast experience in Jewish education to our new Community Hebrew School of Bergen County which began in the fall of 2020. The Community Hebrew School represents the joining of the Hebrew Schools of Congregation B’nai Sholom/Fair Lawn Jewish Center and the JCCP/CBT.
Marcia has been the Educational Director at the JCCP/CBT for nearly 25 years. She has studied Jewish education at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, and Hebrew College in Boston. She recently received an honorary doctorate from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America for her outstanding leadership and contributions to Jewish education.
Marcia serves on the executive board of the Bergen County High School of Jewish Studies (BCHSJS), and for many years was chair of the JFNNJ Principals Council. She is familiar with bringing together students from multiple congregations in her role as Kehillah Director for sixth and seventh grade students for ten area congregational schools. She is also the USY and Kadima Director for three synagogues, including CBS/FLJC and JCCP/CBT. She has experience with students ranging in age from preschool through high school, as well as adult education.
Marcia says, “Having a fresh canvas to create a new school is exciting. I will be bringing together two wonderful groups to form a new vibrant learning community where everyone in Bergen County will be welcomed. Our curriculum and educational experiences will create an optimum learning environment for all.”
For more information, contact Marcia Kagedan, Educational Director, Community Hebrew School of Bergen County
at 201-815-8136 or Edudirector@chsbc.org
Nursery School Director
Debora Propper Lesnoy is a Jewish educator who grew up in Fair Lawn and has more than 35 years of experience in early childhood and Jewish education. She holds a degree from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and undertook graduate studies at the Technion in Haifa. She has taught Hebrew School in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and in Fair Lawn. For more than a decade she has served as the Director of the Helen Troum Nursery School, previously part of Temple Beth Sholom of Fair Lawn and now operated as part of Congregation B’nai Sholom/Fair Lawn Jewish Center. Jewish education is her passion.
For more information about the Helen Troum Nursery School, contact Deborah Propper Lesnoy at email@example.com.
We value and respect each congregant and his or her personal journey in Judaism. We foster a sense of connection with our community. We value your participation in all aspects of Synagogue and Jewish life.
We are here for the entire congregational family, now and for future generations. We are a community of learners – At every age and from every background we grow in knowledge and deepen our understanding of the traditions and wisdom of Judaism.
We are a community that supports the United States of America, and Israel — the eternal home of the Jewish people.