SOUTH WINDSOR – Susan Weinman of South Windsor and Herb Shook of Vernon were honorees at a luncheon hosted by the state of Connecticut and Temple Beth Hillel of South Windsor on Sunday Sept. 9 at the synagogue.
A founding member of Temple Beth Hillel’s strategic planning committee for La’atid – a five-year ‘program of change’ facilitated by the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, Weinman has served as the synagogue’s religious school principal for more than 13 years. In 2004, she was appointed to the Strategic Planning Task Force of the National Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education. She also served as as a member of the Coalition’s Leadership and Governance sub-committee in 2004-2005. In addition, Weinman is the recipient of the Lion Of Judah Award from the Jewish National Fund, as well as several professional development awards from the Commission on Jewish Education.
A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Weinman moved to Connecticut with her husband, Jeffrey Weinman, after graduating from Albany State University in New York. The mother of two sons, she earned a Masters degree in education from Central Connecticut State University and began her teaching career as a high school business teacher at Platt High School in Meriden.
A member of Beth Hillel since 1973, 85-year old Herb Shook has served as a Jewish educational tutor and mentor to hundreds of Beth Hillel members – both children and adults – for the past 25 years. A native of Hartford, he has served as the temple’s president twice, and has been a member of the shul’s Board of Trustees for 12 years and the Religious Practices Committee for 13 years. Professionally, he worked as an engineer with Pratt and Whitney Aircraft from 1950 to 1983.
Among his volunteer activities, Shook has served on the Human Rights Committee of the Connecticut Department of Developmental Services Region 3, and has acted as the secretary on the Board of Directors of New Seasons, Inc. of Manchester, an agency dedicated to the caring of mentally and physically challenged adults.
“Herb Shook and Sue Weinman have given of themselves for over two decades, each. A little of their love is carried in hundreds of their students”. Rabbi Jeffrey Glickman of Temple Beth Hillel stated:
Temple Beth Hillel of South Windsor, CT is a Reform congregation seeking to foster a sense of Judaism fully in touch with the modern world, yet maintaining a sensitivity to tradition. The warmth, meaningfulness, and personal nature of our services are a source of pride to our Temple family. We welcome anyone interested in participating in Temple Beth Hillel.
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