Education Director Yaffa Fuchs will be honored by Cong. Beth El on Thursday, Apr. 7 at 6:30 p.m., as the Voorhees synagogue fetes her on her retirement after 27 years. The tribute dinner will be held at the synagogue.
Fuchs is a pioneer in Jewish family education and Jewish special needs education. Under her leadership and guidance, Beth El Religious School has grown both qualitatively and quantitatively, earning the respect of the community and garnering prestigious awards along the way. She has positively impacted the lives of children, parents and teachers. Beth El has been recognized nationally with the coveted Solomon Schechter Gold Award for excellence in the area of Special Needs.
As the daughter of a great rabbinic lineage, Fuchs’ Jewish education began early. Her father, Rabbi Jacob Weintraub, (z”l), a scholar and educator, imbued her with a love for learning and encouraged her to pursue a career in Jewish Education. She attended Jewish day schools, earned her BA in mathematics from Brooklyn College and her MA in Jewish education from JTS, and has taught children and adults in many settings, both public and private for more than four decades.
Fuchs’ unique ability to connect and empower others has won her the admiration of students, parents, staff and colleagues. Rabbi Aaron Krupnick said, “Over the past 27 years, Beth El has truly found a good friend and a great teacher in Yaffa Fuchs and her influence will be felt for generations to come.”
In addition to her passion for education, she is devoted to her family–her husband of 47 years, Jack; her children Daniella and Ari, her son-in-law, Jeff and her grandchildren, Benjamin, Yair, Lev and Hannah.
The cost of the event is $118 per person. Details can be found at bethelsnj.org/save-the-date-3.