The recipient of the 2017 Hoffman-Grinspoon Award for Excellence in Jewish Education is Linda Shapiro Wolf, a third- and fourth-grade Hebrew and Judaica teacher in the religious school at Temple Sholom in Scotch Plains.
The award, presented at the JKid Educator Interchange workshop on Dec. 4 at the JCC of Central NJ in Scotch Plains, is funded locally by the family of Gene Hoffman and his late wife, Adele, and awarded through Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ.
Wolf was nominated by her supervisor, Jennifer Levine. “Linda combines years of experience working with special needs students in public schools with a passion and commitment to Jewish life and learning,” she said. “At the age of 75, she is the most engaged, vibrant teacher on our staff, forming deep connections with all of her students and serving as a mentor to her fellow teachers, allowing them to grow and shine.”
In her nomination, Levine detailed how Linda’s classroom is abuzz with activity and how she lights up a room with her ruach, singing, and positive energy.
Wolf received a $1,000 cash award from the Hoffman Family Fund, plus a $500 honorarium and a plaque from the Grinspoon Foundation.