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June 12, 2017– DAVIE, FL –A group of community leaders and educators who have dedicated their lives to Jewish learning and teaching were honored by Orloff Central Agency for Jewish Education (CAJE) during a celebratory dinner on June 4 at the David Posnack Jewish Community Center.
Deerfield Beach dentist Dr. Frank Gober and his wife Debbie were recognized as “Advocates for Jewish Education” for their outstanding work as leaders for Jewish education and for building Jewish life.
Three teachers, Chaya Minsky, Jennifer Schatz-Young and Gigi (Glenda) McIntire, also were honored during the event. Minsky received the Dr. Abraham J. and Shulamit Gittelson/ Grinspoon Educator Award. Schatz-Young received the Dr. Sidney and Rose Esterson Award for Synagogue School Education. McIntire received the Pola and Ludwig Brodzki Family Award for Holocaust Education in the Public Schools.
“Those who we have recognized do not seek honor or public recognition. They are quality teachers and represent Orloff CAJE’s vison: A community in which the greatest possible number of its members engage in quality, lifelong Jewish learning,” said Orloff CAJE Executive Director Rabbi Arnold Samlan.
Dr. and Mrs. Frank Gober
Dr. Gober is founder of Inverrary Chabad. He, and his wife, both served as president of David Posnack Hebrew Day School (DPHDS), which their three daughters attended. The Gobers also were involved in the creation of the elementary, middle, and high school of DPHDS.
“Jewish education builds a Jewish future and ensures a community based on Jewish values such as tikkun olom,” said Debbie Gober.”
Dr. Gober served as President of Orloff CAJE and was co-chair of the Jewish Identity Strategic Impact team of Jewish Federation of Broward County. The Gobers also are long-time supporters of Orloff CAJE’s March of the Living program, in which each has participated. They also are involved with Goodman Jewish Family Services, Kolot, and Soref JCC, where Debbie Gober is vice president.
“Frank and Debbie are people who do the right things and build Jewish education and Jewish community not for the kavod (honor), but for the inherent goodness of what it means to create a Jewish community of learning and of taking care of those in need,” said Samlan.
Minsky is in her sixth year of teaching at the Hebrew Academy Community School. She graduated from the Rohr Bais Chaya High School and the Machon Alta Chaya Mushka Teacher Seminary in Tzfat, Israel. Minsky has co-authored a middle school curriculum on Holocaust studies to compliment the state curriculum. She was recognized for her ability and willingness to go above and beyond, by assuming a peer mentoring role and effectively communicating instructional processes and methodologies, so they can be used by other educators. The award was dedicated in honor of the Gittelsons by Dr. Laurence and Carole Skolnik in memory of their parents.
Jennifer Schatz Young
Young is assistant director of Mercaz Limud Religious School at Temple Beth Emet. She is a life- long member of the temple and started her teaching career as Religious School Coordinator. She has held several positions at the temple over the years and is widely respected for excellence in her work and for the encouragement she gives to all students and youth in its programs. Schatz Young received the Dr. Sidney and Rose Esterson Award for Synagogue School education. The award is endowed by Dr. Joseph and Joan Esterson in memory of his parents who were well-known educators in Baltimore. Dr. Sidney Esterson served as a synagogue school principal and Rose as an educator.
Gigi (Glenda) McIntire
McIntire is a school counselor at Mirror Lake Elementary School in Plantation and has been an elementary school teacher and counselor for 36 years. She led a school team to help focus staff on topics of diversity, and Mirror Lake was designated as a “Welcoming School of Excellence” in 2014 and one of 10 in the nation. It has been named a “No Place for Hate” school by the Anti-Defamation League for the past four years.
“Teaching units on the Holocaust and sharing lessons about human rights is truly a passion of mine. To be able to share social emotional topics with children in public school is really why I became a school counselor,” McIntire said. “This award gives me the chance to share my experiences as an American Jew and a human being with children from every background who might not otherwise learn ‘Never Again!”
McIntire has participated in training and field studies through Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Holocaust and Human Rights, which included visits to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and Eastern Europe. McIntire received the Pola and Ludwig Brodzki Family Award for Holocaust Education in the Public Schools. The Brodzkis were Holocaust survivors and prominent leaders of our community. The award is presented to an educator who exhibits excellence in the teaching of the Holocaust in the public school system.
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