What's in the Werks
Susan Werk, MA
Arriving in Caldwell in 1990, Susan is a graduate of The State University of New York at Oneonta. Susan received her Master’s Degree in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS). Having held leadership roles in the Jewish Education Association’s Principals Forum, the Conservative movement’s Jewish Educational Assembly, and the Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education, Susan took a giant step forward when she received national recognition by winning the most prestigious Covenant Award in 2008, for excellence in Jewish education. In November 2015 she will be receiving an honorary Doctor of Pedagogy degree at an academic convocation at the Jewish Theological Seminary. She also won the JEA’s Hoffman Award for her creative G-d curriculum and the Leo Brody Jewish Communal Service Award for professional excellence given by the New Jersey Association of Jewish Communal Service. She also received the Camp Ramah in the Berkshires’ Ramah Award in 1998.
Congregation Agudath Israel honored Susan by celebrating milestone years of service in 1996, 2002, and 2008. Susan honors Congregation Agudath Israel each and every day. While her schedule is already busy, she also teaches for the Melton Adult Mini School and has been the scholar-in-residence for United Jewish Communities of Metrowest NJ’s Women's Department, which acknowledged her achievements in 2003.
Susan was a mentor to the Leadership Institute for synagogue principals through Hebrew Union College and the Jewish Theological Seminary as well as a mentor for JTS’ Davidson School of Education and a teacher at the Academy for Jewish Religion. Additionally, Susan co-authored "Figuring It Out Together: A Program of Family Study and Experiences," published by the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism’s Commission on Jewish Education, and "Hands on: Enriching the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Experience," an article published in Womens Leisure. Contact Education Director, Susan Werk