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Susan Werk, MA
Education Director 

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 received an honorary Doctor of Pedagogy degree at an academic convocation at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Susan has been a board member of the Golda Och Academy and remains a member of the advisory board of Camp Ramah in the Berkshires. Other awards received are the JEA’s Hoffman Award for her creative God curriculum, the Leo Brody Jewish Communal Service Award for professional excellence given by the New Jersey Association of Jewish Communal Service, B’nai B’rith “Champion of youth” award and the Camp Ramah in the Berkshires’ Ramah Award.

Congregation Agudath Israel honored Susan by celebrating milestone years of service in 1996, 2002, 2008 and 2016. Susan honors Congregation Agudath Israel each and every day. While her schedule is already busy, she also teaches for the Florence Melton Adult Mini School, was a faculty member for the Academy for Jewish Religion teaching a course in Jewish Education, has been the scholar-in-residence for United Jewish Communities of Metrowest NJ’s Women's Department, which acknowledged her achievements with an award in 2003 and taught for the Jewish Federation of Greater Metrowest Yesod program for leadership development. Susan was a mentor for 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. 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 Women’s Leisure.

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January 15,2021 /  2 Shevat 5781