Religious School Teacher Honored for Excellence

Religious School Teacher Honored for ExcellenceThe recipient of the 2017 Hoffman-Grinspoon Award for Excellence in Jewish Education is Linda Shapiro Wolf, a third- and fourth-grade Hebrew and Judaica teacher in the religious school at Temple Sholom in Scotch Plains.

The award was presented at the JKid Educator Interchange workshop on December 4 at the JCC Central in Scotch Plains. The 2017 Harold Grinspoon Foundation’s North American Grinspoon Award for Excellence in Jewish Education, awarded through our Federation, is funded locally by the family of Gene Hoffman and his late wife, Adele. Federation’s Chief Jewish Learning Officer, Robert Lichtman, and Director of Empowerment for Families with School Age Children, Justin Sakofs, did the honors and presented the prestigious award. Temple Sholom Rabbi Joel Abraham offered stories of her wonderful contributions.

Wolf was nominated by her supervisor, Jennifer Levine. “Linda combines years of experience working with special needs students in public schools with a passion and commitment to Jewish life and learning,” Levine said. “At the age of 75, she is the most engaged, vibrant teacher on our staff, forming deep connections with all of her students and serving as a mentor to her fellow teachers, allowing them to grow and shine.”

In her nomination, Levine detailed how Linda’s classroom is abuzz with activity and how she lights up a room with her ruach, singing, and positive energy. “As a senior in our community, Linda is an amazing role model for aging with grace... Our entire school is constantly inspired by her commitment and her unfailing energy. She is a total gift to all who work with her!”

Wolf received a $1,000 cash award from the Hoffman Family Fund, plus a $500 honorarium and a plaque from the Grinspoon Foundation.