2016-08-31 / Local News

Moorestown resident living a life infused with Jewish values


AGE: 63

Home: Moorestown

FAMILY: Husband, Dr. Ted Rosner; children, Brienne & Alex

SYNAGOGUE: Temple Sinai, Cinnaminson

CAREER: Guidance counselor; and mosaic artist (www.mosaicsbymarcy.com)

She is, as that familiar phrase goes, “small but mighty.”

Marcy Rosner may be petite, but she is a powerhouse of energy, commitment, talent and tenacity. She seems to have incorporated several lives in one, but insists that all she handles is no big deal.

“I guess I’ve always been the kind of person who gets involved,” said Rosner, a resident of Moorestown, in a classic case of understatement.

The wife of oral surgeon Dr. Ted Rosner, who has roots as a “Camden guy” who emigrated to Cherry Hill, and mother of two adult children, Rosner juggles her professional life as a devoted guidance counselor at Elizabeth Haddon Elementary School in Haddonfield, her life as an artist who is best known for her mosaic art, a fitness buff, and a woman who manages to help care for both her aging mother and mother-in-law with grace.

A visit to Rosner’s Moorestown home becomes an instant art odyssey. Her own work, that of her gifted daughter, Brienne, and of her mother and mother-in-law, is everywhere.

A rotating dollhouse, which Rosner spent almost a decade designing and decorating in exquisite and extraordinary detail, is a showstopper. The lower level of her Spanish-style contemporary home is her own workplace— and creative playground. There are bits of glass and assorted china and pottery, some of it happily donated by friends who have no use for their own broken dishes and leave them at Rosner’s doorstep to mingle with her own flea market finds.

One wonders how this indefatigable woman also is committed to fitness, and is a familiar sight at the local gym working out and walking the track at a pace that might exhaust a teenager.

“I owe the fitness to my husband Ted,” she insisted. “He’s shown me what a difference it makes.”

But on the deepest level, this gifted artist, whose work is often exhibited at area shows, is most devoted to her work with children as a guidance counselor.

“Today’s kids have so much going on in their lives, and there are always those children who are just different—who don’t fit the mold. I’m particularly interested in them, and in helping them to discover what special gifts they have.”

Not surprisingly, along with talking out issues with the youngsters she counsels, Rosner finds that engaging them in art projects also works well.

That commitment to kids has been part of this North Jersey native’s life since her early days as a Head Start teacher working with underserved children in the Boston area.

After graduating from Boston University, where she met her husband, Rosner always seemed to find places and positions that let her connect with children who may sometimes get lost in the whirl of the more outgoing students.

“I seek the ones who need somebody to let them know how much they matter,” said Rosner, who works with youngsters in grades K-5.

Judaism was one of the early pillars of this activist’s life. Her father was president of the family’s synagogue, and the message was clear that its ethical and moral teachings were to be heeded.

Today, the Rosners are members of Temple Sinai in Cinnaminson, and have always lived the values of Judaism.

Ask Marcy Rosner what keeps her life so varied and active, and always with zest for the next venture, she goes back to her youth. “I always was a free spirit, but somehow I also got the message that you have to define yourself and have meaningful work. That was more important to me than being in the social mainstream.” 

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