Sandra Borowsky - Educational Director
Sandra Borowsky, our Educational Director, has lived in Rockland County since 1981. She has been a pre-school, formal, and informal Jewish educator in a variety of educational settings including local synagogues and the JCC-Y. Previous to becoming the Orangetown Jewish Center’s Educational Director, in 2002, Sandra was the Principal of Pelham Manor Jewish Center in Westchester County for three years.
Sandra was raised in Baltimore, Maryland, in a home imbued with the love of Judaism and observance. Eager to experience life in Israel, she lived on Kibbutz Hatzerim, in Beersheva, between her senior year of high school and college.
Sandra received her B.S. from the University of Maryland, College Park, and her M.S. Education from Long Island University. She is a New York State licensed Elementary and Special Education teacher for grades K-12. See more.
Sandra was completed her studies in the first cohort of Leadership Institute for Congregational Principals, a two-year innovative joint program of the Jewish Theological Seminary and Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion. She was chosen as a Legacy Heritage Summer Fellow and studied at the Conservative Yeshiva of United Synagogue, Fuchsberg Center in Jerusalem.
Sandra was selected to participate in an exclusive program at the Center Of Israel Education and Emory Institute for Study of Modern Israel that was funded by the Avi Chai Foundation. She received a mini MBA from the Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education in managerial skills.
Sandra was honored to be chosen and was funded to be one of 20 American educators to study at the Yad Vashem International School for Holocaust Studies summer workshop. Sandra has received numerous grants for her innovative educational curriculum and programming from various organization including United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, the Foundation of Jewish Camps and our local Jewish Federation.
Sandy and her husband Jack, who live in New City, enjoy riding their tandem recumbent bicycle and are the proud parents of five wonderful adults. Her motto is, "Learn Torah, Live Torah, and Pass it on with Love"!
Sharon Rappaport - Youth Director
Sharon Rappaport is a native of Rockland County. She grew up in Nanuet, NY, went off to Tel Aviv University, as well as George Washington University, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration in 1986.
While working in a family business, Sharon realized that her love of children and Judaism needed to be addressed directly. She began teaching at Beth Am Temple in their Confirmation Program while returning to graduate school at night. In 1997, Sharon graduated Iona College with a Masters in Teaching (Elementary Ed) and began teaching in the Rockland County public schools.
Sharon worked at Beth Am Temple in Pearl River and at Temple Ner Tamid in Bloomfield, NJ from 1991-2006 as Youth Director, Confirmation Coordinator and Religious School teacher. See more.
For the past 14 years, Sharon has been employed by Rockland County BOCES during the school year and is proud to be entering her nineteenth year at Camp Ramah in Nyack, her summer home.
She is the recipient of four Creative Teaching Awards from the Jewish Federation and she has helped the OJC USY achieve three METNY Chapter of the Year honors. In 2012, Sharon guided a talented and spirited youth group from OJC to the coveted USY International Chapter of the Year Award. Her pride and joy, however, are her two boys, Brian and Josh. It is Sharon’s distinct pleasure to continue in her role as USY advisor and serve as OJC’s Youth Director.