Detroit Melton School Receives Prestigious Florence Melton Award

April 24, 2013 | Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit

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Judy Silberg LoeblDirector of the Florence Melton School of Metropolitan Detroit, Jewish Federation’s Alliance for Jewish Education and Gail Greenberg, Assistant Directorwere presented with the prestigious Florence Melton Award at the 18th annual International Director’s Conference held in Israel January, 2013. The Conference brought together 36 directors and staff from the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Israel for its annual summit.

The Florence Melton Award is given annually to one Melton School that exemplifies the highest standards of excellence and leadership in the field.  CEO Judy Mars Kupchan praised Loebl and Greenberg, as well as Alliance for Jewish Education’s Director Jeffrey Lasday for the model and inspiration that the Detroit Melton School provides to the entire Melton network worldwide.

Loebl, in accepting the award on behalf of the Detroit Jewish Community, extoled the Detroit Jewish Federation’s leadership for their continued commitment to adult Jewish education.  She spoke about the successful partnership with the Jewish Community Center of Metro Detroit, highlighted the incredible cooperation the congregational rabbis have given in promoting Melton and praised the exceptional Melton instructors, staff and site assistants, without whom there would not be a program.  Loebl gave special thanks to the students whose thirst for knowledge makes Detroit an exemplary learning community. Concluding her remarks, Loebl thanked Jeffrey Lasday and Gail Greenberg for their continued support and gave special accolades to the “glue that has held together Melton for the last 12 years,” Federation Staff Associate, Marion Bronstein.

A community presentation of the Florence Melton Award will take place during the 10th annual Melton graduation/Siyyum ceremony on Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at the West Bloomfield Jewish Community Center. As part of a larger 10 year celebration of Melton graduations, Judy Kupchan and Gordon B. Zacks, son of Florence Melton and chairperson of the Melton School, will bestow the honors to representatives of the Jewish Community. The event will be free and open to the public.  The award will be displayed at the Max M. Fisher Federation Building.

The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning, a project of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, was established in 1987 and is the largest global network of pluralistic adult Jewish education, with Melton Schools in the US, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and South Africa. For information on the Florence Melton School in Detroit call 248-205-2557 or jewishdetroit.org/melton.

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