The Awards of Excellence, instituted in 2013, recognize Melton School directors and assistant directors for outstanding acheivement.

2020 Recipients:

  • Megan Pener, Director, Kansas City - Dedication and Leadership
  • Shelley Chaness, Director, Detroit - Sustained Excellence.

2019 Recipients:

  • Talya Gorsetman, Director, Atlanta / Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta - Sustained Growth and Innovation
  • Dr. Judy Karin, Director, Santa Barbara / Congregation B'nai Brith in California - Excellence in Community Building
  • Debra Lerman, Director, West Palm Beach / Lorraine and Jack N. Friedman Commission for Jewish Education, a department of the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County, FL - Dedication and Leadership

2018 Recipients:

  • Rhonda Lillianthal, Director, Metrowest, West Orange / JCC of MetroWest New Jersey – Dedication & Leadership
  • Viv Anstey, Director, and Lauren Snitcher, Assistant Director, Cape Town, South Africa – Dedication & Leadership
  • Rabbi Steven Gartner, Director, Soloway Jewish Community Center in Ottawa, Ontario – Dedication & Leadership
  • Deborah Slosberg, Director, Congregation Adath Jeshurun in Louisville, KY – Vision & Support of the Melton Travel Seminars
  • Rabbi Karen Strok, Director, Stephen Wise Temple – Vision & Support of the Melton Travel Seminars

2017 Recipients:

  • Annie Glickman, Director, Kansas City, KS – Extraordinary Leadership
  • Rachelle Weiss Crane, Director, Dallas, TX – Sustained Excellence

2016 Recipients:

  • Penina Bredoff, Director, B'nai Torah Congregation / Boca Raton, FL – Excellence in Recruitment
  • Dr. Shelley Buxbaum, Director, Atlanta, GA – Extraordinary Leadership
  • Jillian Fine, Director, Sydney, Australia – Sustained Growth and Innovation

2015 Recipients:

  • Gail Greenberg, Assistant Director, Detroit, MI
  • Carla Spector, Assistant Director, Miami, FL
  • Paula Spitz, Assistant Director, Chicago, IL

2013 Recipients:

  • Outstanding Alumni Development: Sue Parker Gerson, Director, Colorado Melton School
  • Excellence in Marketing: Jordanna Flores, Director of the Conejo/West Valley West Hills Consortium Melton School
  • Excellence in Recruitment: Dr. Shelley Buxbaum, Director of the Lisa F. Brill Institute and Melton in Atlanta, GA