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This award was launched in 2009 to memorialize our founder Florence Melton, z"l, and to provide a cash award to one Melton School annually whose accomplishments meet and exceed our best practices.


2017 Winner: The Florence Melton School at the Board of Jewish Education in Chicago, IL

  • Rolly Cohen, Chicago, IL Melton School Director, accepted the award on behalf of the Florence Melton School at the Board of Jewish Education in Chicago, IL. Melton CEO Judy Mars Kupchan presented the award during the 22nd Annual International Directors Conference, Jan. 15-17, 2017, in Skokie, IL.


2016 Winner: The Florence Melton School at Stephen Wise Temple in Los Angeles

  • Rabbi David Woznica and Rabbi Karen Strok, SWT Melton School Director, accepted the award on behalf of the Florence Melton School at Stephen Wise Temple in Los Angeles. Melton CEO Judy Mars Kupchan presented the award during the 21st Annual International Directors Conference, Jan. 17-20, 2016, in San Diego, CA.


2015 Winner: The Florence Melton School of The Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education of Miami

  • Rabbi Efrat Zarren-Zohar, Miami Melton Director, and Carla Spector, Assistant Director, accepted the award on behalf of the Florence Melton School of The Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education of Miami. Melton CEO Judy Mars Kupchan presented the award on the opening evening of the 20th Annual International Directors Conference, Jan. 12-17, 2015, in Jerusalem, Israel.


2014 Winner: Florence Melton School of the Lisa F. Brill Institute for Jewish Learning in Atlanta

  • Dr. Shelley Buxbaum, Atlanta Melton Director, and Janice Wolf, CFO of Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, accepted the award on behalf of the Florence Melton School of the Lisa F. Brill Institute for Jewish Learning at the MJCCA. Melton CEO Judy Mars Kupchan presented the award on the opening day of the 19th Annual International Directors Conference, Jan. 12-15, 2014, at Camp Young Judea in Wimberley, Texas. 


2013 Winner: Florence Melton School at the Jewish Federation of Metro Detroit

  • Judy Loebl, Director of the Florence Melton School at the Jewish Federation of Metro Detroit, and Gail Greenberg, Assistant Director, were presented with the prestigious Florence Melton Award at the 18th annual International Director's Conference held in Israel in January 2013. CEO Judy Kupchan praised Loebl and Greenberg, as well as Alliance for Jewish Education Executive Jeff Lasday for the model and inspiration that the Detroit Melton School provides to the entire Melton network worldwide.


2012 Winner: The Metrowest Florence Melton Adult Mini-School in New Jersey

  • Congratulations to our Melton school in Metro West, New Jersey for receiving The 2011 Florence Melton Award of Excellence.  Joyce Goldstein and director Rhonda Lillianthal were presented the award by Janis Zaremba, last year's recipient, Judy Mars Kupchan, Director of the North American Division, and Dr. Yonatan Mirvis, International Director.


2011 Winner: The Florence Melton Adult Mini-School in Cape Town, South Africa

  • Melton International Director Dr. Jonathan Mirvis stated, "In receiving the Florence Melton Award, Cape Town's Melton has established itself as a global centre of excellence. [Director] Viv Anstey's achievements now serve as a benchmark for our other Melton directors in the United States, Canada, the UK and Australia."

    Cape Town's success lies in two areas, said Viv Anstey at the award ceremony: "The exceptional quality and dedication of the Melton faculty, Jeremy Wanderer, Esther Maizels, Ronnie Gotkin, Yoni Hoffman Wanderer, Aviva Laskov and now Bryan Opert who are handpicked for the courses they teach; and, the other feature of excellence is the depth and breadth of Melton's academic curriculum. It has made an important mark on Jewish learning in the city."

    Sidney Shapiro, Director of Telfed, The South African Zionist Federation, said he was impressed by what Melton has brought to Cape Town. After sharing the Cape Town context to the directors and staff, he pledged Telfed's commitment to work with Melton to bridge Israel and Cape Town through education.


2009 Winner: The Raleigh-Cary Mini-School of North Carolina

  • The first school chosen for the Florence Melton Award was The Raleigh-Cary Mini-School of North Carolina. Raleigh, a community of only 6,000 Jews, started their Mini-School in 2001, and has been going strong ever since. The Mini-School has two new classes every year, as well as several Scholars classes with 50-100 participants, and an alumni association that boasts 50% participation from among all graduates. This auspicious award was presented by Don Katz, nephew of Sam and Florence Melton, to Raleigh's outstanding director Janis Zaremba and Federation and JCC Executive Director Barry Schwartz.

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