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Margot Brandes, American humanities educator, artist. Certified teacher grades K-8, New York, New Jersey. Recipient Scholastic Press award Scholastic Magazine, 1978, Original Teaching Aids award California Teachers Association, 1979, State Resolution award Senate, 1988; Melton Research grantee Jewish Theological Seminary, 1986; Brith Abraham fellow New York University, 1954.


Brandes, Margot was born on December 9, 1930 in Zweibruecken, Germany. Came to the United States, 1939. Daughter of Eleazar and Martha (Uhlfelder) Bernstein.


Bachelor of Science, New York University, 1954. Master of Science, City College New York, 1957.


Instructor, curriculum coordinator Ramaz Academy, New York City, 1955-1956. Instructor New York City Board Education, 1956-1958. Instructor, head teacher Fair Lawn (New Jersey) Jewish Center, 1959-1989.

Instructor secular department Yavneh Academy, Paramus, New Jersey, 1968-1980. Instructor Fairleigh Dickinson University, 1973—1974. Instructor secular department Moriah Academy, Englewood, New Jersey, 1977-1981.

Instructor English as Second Language Center Academy Support William Paterson College, Wayne, 1981. Lecturer, instructor humanities department Bergen Community College, Paramus, since 1981, English instructor, 2003—2004. Lecturer Columbia University, New York City, summers 1982, 83.

Consultant Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey, since 1990. Evaluator, educational programmer New Jersey Committee for Humanities, New Brunswick, 1994. Book reviewer Prentice Hall.

Lecturer for academy and scholarly service orgns on art and Judaic sources. English instructor Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, New Jersey, 2003-2004. Instructor art to residents of retirement community.

Lecturer on art and society.


  • Certified teacher grades K-8, New York, New Jersey.


  • Other Work

    • Author: (workbook) 'Round the Jewish Year, 1970, 'Round the Jewish Year Sequel, 1974. Contributor to literature collection September. Sculptures exhibited in various institutions, including Bergen Creative Commons, William Paterson College, Temple Avoda, Barnes & Noble, Radisson Hotel Princeton, Temple Emanuel, Hartford, 2002-2003, holocaust Israel's 60th birthday- Shomrei Torah 2008, Yom Hashoah, Congregation Shomrei Torah, Fair Lawn, 2008.


Member regional board, chair Hebrew Hadassah, Fair Lawn, since 1985. Yale University archival research associate Ramapo (New Jersey) College, since 1991. Creator coffee house for youth Fair Lawn Jewish Community Council, 1975-1978.

Member New Jersey State Planning Commission, since 1986, Face Lift Community Improvement Committee, End Violence Now, since 1991, Northeast Regional Conference English, since 1989. Interviewer Steven Spielberg Shoah Foundation, 1993-1995. Board directors Shteth Foundation, community lecturer.

Trustee Shtetle Foundation. Member advisory board Community School Fair Lawn, New Jersey, advisor, volunteer teacher Hebrew, instructor Hebrew Soviet Emigres. Appointed advisor Fair Lawn Community School Governing Body, since 2007.

Member board trustees New Jersey Federation, since 2007. Member Jewish Federation North Jersey (board trustees, coordinator since 1979).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: fencing, synchronized swimming, representational art.


Married Joseph Brandes, August 16, 1953. Children: Cheryl, Lynn Marcia, Susan Michele, Aviva Joy.

Eleazar Bernstein

Martha (Uhlfelder) Bernstein

Joseph Brandes

Cheryl Brandes

Lynn Marcia Brandes

Susan Michele Brandes

Aviva Joy Brandes