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The Staff of Temple Emanu-El, in Edison New Jersey, is made up of warm and caring individuals. From our Rabbis to our office staff everyone makes you feel welcome and special.

Dana Shectman - Temple Administrator

I am very excited to get to be a part of the TEE community.  It is a very special place!

I have worked as a Jewish Educator and Youth Director for more than 15 years.  I also have more than two decades of experience as a Preschool Educator and School Director.  I am happy to put all of the skills I obtained in those positions to good use helping to keep the TEE community strong and vibrant. 

I live in Scotch Plains with my husband, son, and four step children.  We also have two dogs and three cats!  

I am happy to help in any way I can.  Please feel free to call, email, or stop by so we can get to know each other.


Phone: (732) 549-4442 Ext. 104




Jill Santoni - Education Director

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Dear Parents,

I would like to welcome all of our students and their families to our Religious School. Our entire staff is looking forward to an exciting year filled will wonderful programs and experiences for our students. Click the link to our schools curriculum, guidelines and other general information. The Temple Emanu-El Religious School faculty recognizes the great responsibility parents have placed in our hands. Our dedicated staff prepares the students, from ages five through seventeen, for participation in the Jewish Community.

It is our goal to familiarize our students, your children, with our Jewish history, values, language and traditions. This goal, however, cannot be ours alone. In order for us to successfully prepare your children for a lifetime in the Jewish community, we look forward to your continued participation and support. I encourage you to read the handbook from beginning to end to familiarize yourself with our exciting programs and policies. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me as soon as possible. I am happy to discuss any Religious School matters with you.

Jill Santoni
Principal of Religious School


Phone: (732) 549-4442 Ext. 105



Ellen Hochman - Administrative Assistant

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Ellen Hochman grew up in Brooklyn, New York where she and her family were active members of the Flatbush Jewish Center. After earning an Associates Degree in Secretarial Science, Ellen began her career as an Administrative Assistant with JP Morgan Chase, where she worked for over 25 years. Ellen and her husband Mark have been living in Aberdeen, New Jersey for over 20 years and have two beautiful daughters, Adriana and Jessica. They are members of their local Temple, where their daughters were Bat Mitzvahed. In 2011 Ellen joined the Temple Emanu-El staff as the Administrative Assistant, and is happy being part of the Temple Emanu-El family. In her spare time Ellen enjoys spending time with family and friends, listening to music and dancing!


Phone: (732) 549-4442 Ext. 107



Ashley Jones - Youth Director

My name is Ashley Jones! I grew up in Northbrook, IL at congregation BJBE. In high school, I was very active in NFTY and served as NFTY-Chicago’s Social Action Vice President my Junior year and President my Senior year. I am now a rising Senior at Rutgers University where I study Political Science and Jewish Studies. I recently finished a semester abroad at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem as a fellow of the Nachshon Project. At Rutgers, I serve on the Hillel’s board and I am involved in my sorority, Phi Mu. Over the summer, you can find me at URJ OSRUI. I have been going to camp for 9 summers now. I am so excited to start working with all of you this upcoming year! 




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