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The Director Certification identifies the proficiencies necessary for being a successful director and recognizes those directors who demonstrate these best practices. The certification was instituted in 2003.


2017 Recipients:

  • Penina Bredoff, Boca Raton, FL
  • Sara Lynn Newberger, St. Paul, MN
  • Rabbi Tracee Rosen, Phoenix, AZ
  • Sara Kahn Shapiro, Sacramento, CA


2016 Recipients:

  • Rabbi Samantha Safran Bodner, Houston, TX
  • Beth Levick, Park Avenue Synagogue, NYC
  • Joyce Siegel, West Palm Beach, FL
  • Fae Silverman, Southern Maine


2015 Recipients:

  • Pamela Rooks, West Valley, Los Angeles, CA
  • Deborah Slosberg, Louisville, KY


2014 Recipients:

  • Judy Murray, Melton Director in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Andrea Rock, Melton Director at the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy, Bryn Mawr, PA
  • Lynn Wexler, Melton Director in Las Vegas, NV


2013 Recipients:

  • Talli Dippold, Melton Director at the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte
  • Jillian Fine, Director of the Melton School under the auspices of the University of Sydney
  • Michelle Hyer, director of the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning in London


2012 Recipients:

  • Shelley M. Buxbaum, Atlanta, GA
  • Jordanna Flores, Conejo / West Valley, Los Angeles, CA
  • Rabbi Karen Strok, Stephen Wise Temple, Los Angeles, CA


2011 Recipients:

  • Viv Anstey, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Laurie Hoffman, Rockland County, NY
  • Frieda Hershman Huberman, Northern New Jersey
  • Keith Kanter, Limud North Consortium and the Lakeview Consortium of the Community Foundation for Jewish Education of Metropolitan Chicago 
  • Sarah Liebman, Portland, OR
  • Orit Sommer, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Aliza Sperling, Washington, D.C.


2009 Recipients:

  • Dana Horowitz, Columbus, OH
  • Cyndee Levy, St. Louis, MO
  • Loretta Tanenbaum, Toronto, ON
  • Rachelle Weiss Crane, Dallas, TX


2008 Recipients:

  • Rolly Cohen, Chicago, IL
  • Rhonda Lillianthal, Metrowest, NJ
  • Debbie Pesses, New Orleans, LA
  • Liz Nover, Philadelphia, PA
  • Rachel Bovitz, West Hills, CA


2007 Recipients:

  • Sue Parker Gerson, Denver, Colorado - Level II
  • Judy Loebl, Detroit, MI - Levels I and II
  • Barbara Kabatznik, Boca Raton, Florida - Levels I and II
  • Judy Trotter, London UK - Level II
  • Leah Justin, Melbourne, AU - Levels I and II
  • Aliza Orent, Austin, Texas - Level I
  • Rena Rabinowitz, Northern New Jersey, New Jersey - Level I
  • Judy Asuleen, Broward County, Florida - Level I
  • Amy Karp, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Level I


2006 Recipients:

  • Annie Glickman, Dallas, Texas
  • Janis Zaremba, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Ethel Melzer, Buffalo, New York
  • Jackie Land, Washington DC
  • Rosa Mandelblum, Sarasota, Florida
  • Noah Hadas, San Diego, California
  • Don Goldman, Greater Kansas City, Kansas
  • Miriam Brunn Ruberg, Norfolk/Virginia Beach, Virginia


2005 Recipients:

  • Bonni Goldberg, Portland, Oregon
  • Nina Luban, Westchester, New York
  • Rebecca Starr, Detroit, Michigan
  • Judy Trotter, London, England
  • Judy Kupchan, Chicago BJE, Illinois Level II
  • Debby Malissa, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Level II


2004 Recipients:

  • Rabbi Efrat Zarren-Zohar, Miami, Florida Level II
  • Teri Gross, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Sue Parker Gerson, Denver, Colorado
  • Hinda Miller, Rochester, New York


2003 Recipients:

  • Orly Lewis, Richmond, Virginia
  • Judith Meltzer, Baltimore, Maryland


1996-2002 Distinguished Director Recipients:

The following directors have worked at a Melton School for a period of five years or more.

  • Rayna Gellman, Tucson, Arizona, 2002
  • Jody Hirsh, Milwaukee, Wisconson, 2002
  • Eliana Temkin, Portland, Oregon, 2002
  • Orly Lewis, Richmond, Virginia, 2002
  • Debby Malissa, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2002
  • Renah Rabinowitz, Bergen County, New Jersey, 2002
  • Deva Zwelling, Dayton, Ohio, 2002
  • Debbie G. Schwartz, Columbus, Ohio, 2001
  • Judy Meltzer, Baltimore, Maryland, 2001
  • Rabbi Efrat Zarren-Zohar, Miami, Florida, 2001
  • Amy Karp, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2001
  • Elaine Hirsch, Phoenix, Arizona, 2001
  • Rabbi Eve Ben-Ora, Houston, Texas, 1999
  • Rosa Finestone, Montreal, Quebec, 1998
  • Aliza Orent, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1998
  • Judy Kupchan, Chicago, Illinois, 1998
  • Susie Klein, Sydney, Australia, 1997
  • Barbara Shuman, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1997
  • Marta Wassertzug, Rockville, Maryland, 1997
  • Nancy Klein, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1996
  • Esther Zimand, St. Louis, Missouri, 1996


2001 Certficate of Excellence:

  • Esther Zimand, St. Louis, Missouri, in honor of her Bat Mitzvah year with the FMAMS


1998 Veteran Director:

  • Vivan Kanig, Tenafly, New Jersey

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