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NCJW to honor Margie Burstein

The National Council of Jewish Women, Syracuse Section-At-Large has named Margie Burstein as the recipient of the 2009 Hannah G. Solomon Award. Burstein, "volunteer extraordinaire" is the former development director of Vera House as well as executive vice president of the Vera House Foundation. The award will be presented on Monday Nov. 2 at Justin's Grill in East Syracuse. Registration will start at 11:30 a.m., with the program beginning at noon and ending by 1:30 p.m.

The Hannah G. Solomon Award is a national award presented by individual sections of the NCJW.

"The award is named for the founder of NCJW and is given to women who have demonstrated exceptional service to both the Jewish community and the community-at-large," said organizers of the event. "Based on the depth of her service to both the teaching profession and to the greater Central New York community, Margie is indeed an exceptionally worthy recipient."

The educational and emotional needs of youth have always been a priority for Burstein. She taught English and Social Studies, worked as a substitute teacher, and then as a homebound instructor for the Fayetteville-Manlius School District. She also was an SAT, HS Regents, and GED HS Equivalency tutor for the LGBTQ Center.

In addition, Burstein served as chair of the Syracuse Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education, an umbrella organization for CNY Jewish Educators. As educational director of the Rabbi Jacob Epstein School of Jewish Studies, she was instrumental in instituting a Syracuse University Project Advance course called Introduction to Judaism through the SU Department of Religion. She also created and chaired the first Syracuse/Onondaga Youth Board "Youth Speak Out," was president of the F-M Student Teacher Parent Association, and director of youth and membership services for Temple Adath Yeshurun.

Burstein's leadership credits include chapter president, district vice president, national board member and educational consultant to the U.S. Office of Career Education for Women's American ORT (Organization for Rehabilitation through Training).

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