Temple Staff

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.


Jill Santoni - Education Director

Jilll SantoniDear 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

Email: principal@edisontemple.org



Dara Winston - Office Manager

DaraDara Winston grew up in neighboring East Brunswick, where she was active in the East Brunswick Jewish Center. After receiving her BA at Brandeis University, Dara spent a year volunteering in Israel through a program called Sheirut Le'am. She returned to the US to study for her MSSW at Columbia University and her MA in Judaic Studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary. After graduating, Dara returned to Israel, where she made aliyah (received Israeli citizenship) and lived for 11 years.

During most of her years in Israel, Dara worked for the Jewish Agency for Israel, both for the Education Department and the Immigration and Absorption Department. At the Jewish Agency, Dara developed and managed long and short term Israel programs, trained and supervised staff, and provided counseling and guidance about Jewish and Israel related experiences.

After marrying her Israeli husband, Meir, Dara returned to East Brunswick where they now live with their two daughters, Emmy and Eden. She worked briefly for the Jewish Federation of Middlesex County, and has been the Office Manager of Temple Emanu-El since 2010.


Phone: (732) 549-4442 Ext. 104

Email: officemgr@edisontemple.org



Ellen Hochman - Administrative Assistant

Ellen Hochman2Ellen 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

Email: admin.assistant@edisontemple.org