Jay Ellis Brown

October 27, 1946October 15, 2020

Jay Ellis Brown, age 73, of Monroe Township, New Jersey passed away on Thursday, October 15, 2020. Jay was born October 27, 1946 in Brooklyn, New York.

Jay was a graduate of Brooklyn College in 1968 and later received his Masters Degree. Jay worked as a teacher for the New York Board of Education for 36 years prior to retiring. After retiring from the school system he worked for Monroe Township Recreation. He was very passionate about education and served for many years on the Monroe Township Board of Education where he also served as president.

Jay Married his wife Joyce Savit in 1971 and settled in Monroe Township, NJ in 1974.

Jay is survived by his wife of 49 years Joyce Savit Brown, his daughter Tara Brown and her husband Ari Mittleman of Baltimore MD, his son Michael Brown and his wife Rori of Rockville MD, and three grandchildren, Miles, and Peyton Brown, and Eliora Mittleman. He was an exceptional father and grandfather who took tremendous pride in his family.

A funeral service for Jay will be held Monday, October 19, 2020 at 1:00 PM at Bloomfield-Cooper Jewish Chapels, 44 Wilson Avenue, Manalapan, New Jersey 07726. The Funeral Home will be limited to a maximum capacity of 50 people inside the building, however there will be speakers outside the building. Those who cannot come inside will still have the opportunity to listen to the service and pay their respects to the family outside.

Following Funeral Services to the internment at Mt. Sinai Cemetery, Route 79, Marlboro, NJ 07746 at 2:00 pm. Those who wish to pay their respects but are unable to attend the service at the Funeral Home due to capacity restrictions are encouraged to participate in the internment.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his memory may be made to United States Holocaust Museum, the Jewish National Fund, or New Beginnings Animal Rescue, East Brunswick, NJ.

The family will be sitting Shiva at the home of Joyce Brown on Monday from 6:30-9pm, Tuesday from 2-4pm, and 6-9pm and will conclude on Wednesday from 2-4 pm.

Tara will also be sitting shiva at her home in Baltimore on Thursday 1-4 pm, and 7-9pm, on Friday from 1-4 pm, Saturday 7-9 pm.

Memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Brown family.


  • Spouse, Joyce Savit Brown
  • Tara Brown (Ari Mittleman), Daughter
  • Michael Brown (Rori), Son
  • Miles Brown, Grandson
  • Peyton Brown, Granddaughter
  • Eliora Mittleman, Granddaughter

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  • Funeral Service

    Monday, October 19, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Monday, October 19, 2020

  • Shiva

    Monday, October 19, 2020

  • Shiva

    Tuesday, October 20, 2020

  • Shiva

    Wednesday, October 21, 2020

  • Shiva

    Thursday, October 22, 2020

  • Shiva

    Friday, October 23, 2020

  • Shiva

    Saturday, October 24, 2020


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Phil Kaufman

October 21, 2020

Jay and I played a lot of basketball together in the 80s. We played together for a couple of years in Manalapan and against each other in the Monroe, pushing, shoving and elbowing each other and having a great time. We were usually the biggest guys on the court.
We also served the Temple together .
Every time I went into the rec center, I made sure I stopped by to say hello.
Jay was a great guy and friend to all.
He will be missed.
His patented finger roll should give Defenders a hard time in Heaven!

Art Finkel

October 20, 2020

Maxine and I live in Mill Lake and knew Jay from the neighborhood and from the Monroe Twp. Jewish Center. He gave our daughters Lori and Amy driving lessons and they enjoyed their time with him. We are saddened by his passing, but have fond memories of his smiling presence at the Monroe Twp. Rec. Center.

Nancy Mitrocsak

October 19, 2020

Jay was a beloved member of the Monroe Township School community where he served as an esteemed Board Member for many years. He always light up a room with his great smile and warm heart. My deepest condolences to the Brown family.
With sympathy,
Nancy Mitrocsak

Beth Tfiloh Congregation Beth Tfiloh Congregation

October 19, 2020

Beth Tfiloh Congregation deeply regrets the passing of Jay Ellis Brown, father of our member, Tara Brown, and extends sincere condolences to the entire family.

Al Carpenito

October 18, 2020

I worked with Jay for 14 years until his retirement. Jay loved recreation. Together we ran senior programs. Jay always volunteered to help with other events. He made work fun and loved sharing jokes. Jay was always there if you needed him. I will miss him.

Michael Leibowitz kj

October 18, 2020

Jay was a special person.
A true friend and confidant.
His humor and intelligence were evident in his sparkling eyes.
After moving from Monroe 2 years ago we maintained an internet two way path of communications.
Judy and I offer our sincere condolences to Joyce, Michael, Tara and the family.

Andrea Damon

October 18, 2020

Jay Brown was a wonderful teacher, colleague and mentor to many. Jay’s gym was such a well oiled machine yet he made it look effortless. Most importantly he incorporated fun, antics and laughter into every single day. I’m so grateful to have worked with him.

Barbara Cohen

October 17, 2020

Jay was a man of large stature & an equally large heart. He was a generous kind soul who always liked a good party. May he Rest In Peace & watch over his loving family whom he adored.

Bob Gewirtz

October 16, 2020

They do not make people like Jay Brown anymore. Jay was one of the best friends that anyone could ever have. He was always there when you needed him. He was generous, funny, good hearted and knew how to treat people properly. More importantly, he was a great husband, a wonderful parent and a loving grandparent. He was what they called in Yiddish, a mensch. Rest In Peace, Buddy, you will be greatly missed. There will always be a seat for you at the card game.

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