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Temple Sholom of Scotch Plains-Fanwood, N.J., announced that synagogue member and Fanwood resident Michelle Shapiro Abraham received The Covenant Award for Excellence in Jewish Education at an awards dinner in Washington, D.C., during the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America last month.
Abraham currently serves as the director of program development for the Campaign for Youth Engagement at the Union for Reform Judaism, as well as a consultant for the Foundation for Jewish Camp, and a clinical faculty member in Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion's Executive Master of Arts in Jewish Education Program.
Prior to these positions, Abraham spent 12 years as the director of education at Temple Sholom, where she designed and oversaw educational approaches and programming for nearly 140 students in the religious school and the congregation as a whole. She developed an innovative new approach to family and congregational learning that engages the entire synagogue in the same topics concurrently, thereby fortifying community and cross-generational ties.