Information provided by Lora Sommer
Dr. Shelley Buxbaum accepted the 2014 Florence Melton Award, which honors outstanding achievement and exemplary practices in the field of Jewish Learning at the 19th Annual International Directors Conference, held at Camp Young Judea in Wimberley, Texas.
The annual International Directors Conference brings directors from the U.S., Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and South Africa to focus on professional development, sharing best practices, and growing Jewishly.
Buxbaum, director of the Lisa F. Brill Institute for Jewish Learning at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, accepted the award on behalf of the MJCCA’s Florence Melton Adult School.
“We are pleased to receive national recognition for our Melton School, a program that now has ten partnering agencies, city-wide,” said Gail Luxenberg, MJCCA chief executive officer. “This award truly exemplifies Shelley’s dedication and level of expertise, as the director of one of the world’s largest Melton Schools.”
Buxbaum is a three time graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary, having earned Bachelor of Religious Education, MA and PhD degrees. Additionally, she graduated from Barnard College with a BA in Religion and Anthropology. Along the way to earning her PhD, she attended Bank Street College and was invited to the Hebrew University as a visiting scholar.
After serving as a Jewish educator in New York City, Stamford, Conn., and West Palm Beach, Florida, Shelley moved to Atlanta in 2009 when she joined the staff of the MJCCA as Director of the Lisa Brill Institute of Jewish Learning and Director of the Florence Melton Adult School of Jewish Learning. She has taught Judaic programming at the MJCCA since July, 2009. The program now has 400 students, more than 25 classes, and multiple locations all over metro Atlanta.