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JPlay After School  is nurtured by highly trained elementary educators with a unique ability to inspire and empower children to do their best every day.

Meet the JPlay After School Team
We are the warm parental hug every child needs at the end of the day


Morah Melissa

Director of Jewish Learning at TBA

Director of JPlay After School

Morah Melissa is entering her thirteenth year at Temple B'nai Abraham. A graduate of Brandeis and Brown Universities, she's served many congregations throughout the United States. Morah Melissa has created award winning Jewish programs including the Jewseum, a hands-on Jewish discovery space for kids. She believes that kids learn best through doing, and never shies away from a good mess. All good messes lead to an amazing Jewish journey. She is wife to Rich and mom to Emily, Anna, and Jake. 


Morah Alyssa

Assistant Director of JPlay After School

Special Projects Coordinator at JLP of TBA

Morah Alyssa has been a part of the Jewish Learning Program of Temple B'nai Abraham for 20 years. She is a certified teacher in New Jersey for PK-8th grade, with specialty in Basic Skills. She has taught in public schools throughout New Jersey. She produced her own basketball team with five of her own children Dan, Daphne, Davey, Darcy, and Dale-yes all D names. She is married to Joe and lives in West Orange. She is excited to be taking on this new role at JPlay After School and certainly will bring not only experience, but a unique kindness!

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Emily Winter

Lead Elemetary Teacher

Emily is a certified elementary school teacher in grades K-5, with a masters degree in Childhood Education from Hunter College. She has taught in various public schools throughout New York City, and has an extensive Hebrew background from her experience as both a Jewish day school student and Hebrew school teacher. She is so excited to bring her enthusiasm for fun, creative and hands-on learning to JPlay After School! Emily lives in Livingston with her husband Jonathan and their son Levi, who is so excited to join The Early School at Temple B’nai Abraham this Fall! 

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Morah Alicia

Assistant Director of JLP at TBA

Administrative Lead for JPlay After School

Alicia Serviss has been working in after-school religious school programs for 16 years.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science with a minor in Judaic Studies from SUNY Albany, and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Her favorite thing to do in her free time is to cook.  She live with her family in Springfield, NJ.  Around these parts, they’re known as the “Secret Serviss”.

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Hi Melissa, I am so glad you reached out because I was actually about to contact you. I wanted to let you know how impressed my husband and I are with the Hebrew school at TBA. Before TBA, Amanda was in a very disorganized Hebrew school where she really wasn’t learning anything. Amanda was very unhappy there and it began to feel like a punishment for her to attend. Now at TBA, Amanda likes going to Hebrew school!

— David's mom

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