Carole and Jack Skowronski will be receiving the Edith Bloch Award for their commitment to learning and the pursuit of knowledge. The award will be presented at the Friends of the Hillel Library celebratory brunch at Cohen Hillel Academy, Six Community Road in Marblehead, on Sunday, May 7 at 10:30 am.
Award-winning author and Northampton art gallery owner Richard Michelson will be speaking about his newest book, “The Language of Angels, A Story about the Reinvention of Hebrew”. The picture book takes us back to Israel in the 1880’s and tells the story of how one man, Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, almost singlehandedly reinvigorated Hebrew for modern usage. Richard Michelson’s children’s books have been listed among the 10 Best Books of the Year by The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and The New Yorker.
At the event, the Skowronskis will be recognized for their incredible 35-plus-year legacy of dedication to and participation in the Cohen Hillel community. Carole was an innovative and much beloved teacher at the K-8 school for 15 years. She is known for her creativity, recognition of each individual student’s unique strengths, and incorporation of social action projects into her curricula. She continues to be involved at Cohen Hillel as an active participant in the grandparent community, occasional substitute teacher, and annual presenter to the eighth grade about her mother’s personal experiences in Kristalnacht. Jack served on Hillel’s board of trustees for many years, and in collaboration with Prozdor and Hebrew College, was instrumental in establishing a high school program for the North Shore in 1991. Professionally, Jack is a highly respected semi-retired physician who has practiced in the community for nearly 40 years.
Head of School, Amy Gold remarked “The Skowronskis’ commitment to Cohen Hillel spans generations and a multitude of roles. Having sent all three of their children to our school, they now enjoy being a part of their granddaughters’ experience since one is in third grade and the other is a rising kindergartner.”
The event is open to the community with brunch preceding the program. RSVPs are requested by April 28, as space is limited. For more information about this event, to make a donation in honor of Carole and Jack Skowronski, and to help support the Hillel library, please contact Diane Knopf, Director of Community Engagement (firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-639-2880) or visit www.cohenhillel.org.