Zohar Ben Moshe recognized as Jewish Educator of the Year

by | Jun 13, 2014 | Other News

The 2014 Jewish Education Night awards ceremony included the awarding of Jewish Educator of the Year to Zohar Ben Moshe, Hebrew Academy of Tidewater’s Judaic studies teacher.

Jewish Education Night is an annual event that pays tribute to all Jewish educators in the community. Presented by the Simon Family Jewish Community Center, it is sponsored by the Jewish Education Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, and underwritten by the Lee A. and Helen G. Gifford Jewish Education Council Fund of the Tidewater Jewish Foundation. Each year the awarding of the Jewish Educator of the Year is a highlight of the evening’s program and is awarded to one who rises above all others in exhibiting excellence in Jewish education. In addition, the recipient must be an active participant in the larger Jewish community. Past recipients have included teachers, administrators, assistants and staff of Hebrew day schools, synagogue religious schools and other area Jewish institutions of learning.

“It was quite a humbling experience,” says Ben Moshe. “My colleagues managed to keep it a complete surprise so I had no idea until they called out my name. Everyone knows I’m all about teamwork, so I feel that this award is for the team. I work with a great team of teachers—I couldn’t be where I am today without their support and encouragement. Much of the credit also goes to my students who, over the years, have taught me so much and constantly show me their appreciation in ways that have made me feel right at home since the day I arrived from Israel.”

Ben Moshe has been part of the Hebrew Academy family for 15 years. She has worked as a Judaic studies teacher, Hebrew language teacher and music teacher. While she may have been surprised to receive Jewish Educator of the Year, it was not a surprise to those who work with her.

“Her students as well as those of us who work with her,” says Rabbi Mordechai Wecker, head of school, “know that she goes above and beyond, working tirelessly and with complete devotion. Not only does she teach her students but she fosters in them a true love of Judaism and a passion for learning that they carry well beyond their years here at HAT…her true hallmark.”

Altogether more than 100 people gathered for Jewish Education Night on May 13 to recognize and celebrate those receiving awards who are listed in the program.

by Dee Dee Becker