Temple Shalom

Temple Shalom

215 S. Hillside Avenue, Succasunna, NJ 07876
(973) 584-5666 | administrator@tshalom.org

Our Staff

Our Professional Staff

Jen Gangi, Temple Administrator ✉︎

Jen is a resident of Randolph where she lives with her husband Rick, teenage daughters Cecilia and Talia and two rambunctious kittens. She comes to Temple Shalom after years working with the Randolph Township school district Parent Teacher Organizations (PTO Council). She has often been referred to as the “parent mayor” of Randolph and now looks forward to meeting our warm and inviting Temple Shalom community.


Alissa Okrent, Religious School Director ✉︎

Alissa has been teaching at Temple Shalom for 24 years and brings experience and ruach (spirit) to our school.  Her formal education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and she is a Certified Life Coach. One constant in her life has been her varied experience with secular and Jewish organizations that seek to engage people individually and as a group to truly understand and live a full-filled life. She is passionate about connecting with families and facilitating their connections with Jewish identity. Alissa feels that each new family she encounters adds to her own education and allows her to continue to grow as an educator.

As our Religious School Principal, Alissa’s goal is to create a positive school environment where students are comfortable and engaged in a relevant curriculum that imparts valuable lessons and skills. Alissa also holds parental involvement in high regard and includes families whenever possible. We reserve two days a year for Shabbat Family Experience where the whole family is invited to participate in a service led by one class, hands on learning activities and lunch.

Paul J. Carroll, Accompanist

Paul J. Carroll has been the pianist at Temple Shalom since 2016. He is also the Director of Music at St. Pius X Church in Montville, New Jersey and he teaches at Mother Seton Regional High School in Clark, NJ. Together with his wife, Alexandra, Paul created Musical Collaborations, which provides music educational programs in the form of weekly instruction for children and adults in New Jersey and educational tours around the world. Paul made his European solo debut in Italy in 2001 with Assisi Performing Arts and has performed over 100 concerts with the festival throughout Italy over the last 20 years. Paul holds Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University and he is the President of the New Jersey Chapter of the World Piano Teachers Association and a member of the American Guild of Organists. More information is available at www.pauljamescarroll.com.