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Waterbury educator among those honored by Grinspoon Foundation

By Stacey Dresner

A Jewish educator from Waterbury was among four local Jewish educators and one lay leader who were recognized for excellence at The Educator’s Banquet, an annual event sponsored by the Resource Center for Jewish Education, a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

Rabbi Hillel Adler of Waterbury received his award from Harold Grinspoon and his wife, Diane Troderman, at the June 3 banquet held at Congregation B’nai Torah in Longmeadow, Mass. Adler teaches Judaic studies to grades 9 through 12 at the Hebrew High School of New England in West Hartford (HHNE). A teacher for nine years, he has spent the past two years at HHNE.
“At the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, our goal is to inspire both educators and students to remain lifelong learners,” said Regina Grossman of the Resource Center in her welcoming remarks.
“The love of Jewish education is supported by the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation,” said Meredith Dragon, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts, adding that whether talking about synagogue religious schools, day schools, supplementary schools, or formal or informal Jewish education, “all of these parts together work to make our Jewish education strong in the whole spectrum of learning.”
Other educators receiving awards were: Jennifer McGowan of East Longmeadow, Mass.; Rana Morrissey of Holyoke, Mass.; and Amanda Singer of Northampton, Mass.

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