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Executive Director

Michelle Strassberg 

Michelle joined the Oheb team in December 2022 with ten years of experience in synagogue management.  She studied English Literature at SUNY Binghamton, earned a master's in library science at Pratt Institute, and in her previous life worked as a community college reference librarian. When she's not at work, you'll find her walking her dog, Olive, running, listening to music, cooking, or doing the Sunday crossword.

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Gavin Hirsch

Gavin has been working at Oheb Shalom since 2018 when he began serving as the Director of the best religious school around. He loves to help students find their connection to Jewish life! In his free time he thinks about going on grand adventures, but usually finds himself at home with his wife Beth and son Elliot and that is usually better anyway.



Sloane Goldstein 

Sloane has overseen the renowned Mickey Fried Preschool since 2016. She has her Bachelors degree from American University in Education and her Masters in Early Childhood from Hofstra University.  Sloane uses the knowledge she has gained from her educational background and previous preschool experience to help mentor and nurture the children, faculty and parents at Mickey Fried. 

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Youth Director

Beth Hendler 

Beth joined the Oheb Shalom community in 2019 as both the Youth Coordinator for Post-Bar/Bat Mitzvah teens, and as the Administrative Assistant to the Zeman Hebrew School. Her positivity, enthusiasm, and energy bring originality and youthfulness to the Oheb community. When not at Oheb Shalom, Beth can be found in the gym promoting healthy lifestyles and fitness goals as a Certified Personal Trainer of adults, teens, and children. 


assistant, Mickey Fried Preschool

Margaret Popowsky 

Margaret has been working as Sloane's assistant at Mickey Fried Preschool since 2017. A former Social Worker, Margaret was inspired to lend a hand at the growing program after her own daughter graduated from the 4s Class. She loves being able to support Sloane in both the logistical and the socio-emotional aspects of our preschool program. Margaret lives in Maplewood with her husband and two daughters. 



Johanna Kluger 

Johanna has been the Administrative Assistant since June 2013, in which she supports the staff, clergy, congregants, as well as the Executive Committee, Board of Trustees, and various committees. Prior to that, Johanna worked at the National Museum of American Jewish History. She has a Master’s Degree in Jewish Communal Service and Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Gratz College.


Membership & Community engagement

Rachel Klein

Rachel joined the staff at Oheb Shalom in February 2022. She has been involved in the Jewish community for many years as both a committed volunteer and a professional. Born in Israel and raised in the US, she has a deep passion for Israel. She holds a Bachelors degree from Boston University and describes herself as a true "people person". Outside of work, she is busy chauffeuring her 3 kids around and strives to get a daily sweat in - whether it's boxing, dancing, skiing or running.  

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Communications Manager

Jacqueline Mayers 

Jackie is a communications professional with a background in advocacy, art, events and public relations. Her involvement with local government and grassroots organizations, has given her ample experience communicating with a diverse range of stakeholders.

She writes anything and everything that needs to be written for Oheb Shalom.

Ask her about her foster dogs or most recent live show. 

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Vanessa Francis 

Vanessa joined Oheb in February 2022 with an eclectic professional background in bookkeeping, office & project management, property renovation and theatre.

She has a degree in Music and Drama from Surrey University, UK and trained as a classical singer for 20 years. For fun Vanessa enjoys traveling, hiking, gardening and studying astrology.



Aileen Grossberg 

Aileen has degrees from Brown, Yale and Rutgers Universities. She began her career as a teacher of Latin and English. After changing careers, Aileen worked for many years as a children's and reference librarian in public  and school libraries. She is active in the Association of Jewish Libraries and reviews books for the Essex County Association of School Librarians. 



Richard Benjamin

Richard has been at Oheb Shalom for more than thirty years, maintaining and repairing the building to make sure it stays in great shape for all our congregants.


Geb Mindesel

Geb has been working at Oheb Shalom since 2006. He is a graduate of Essex County College with a degree in general science.  He is married and has one daughter.

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