“I believe that we are each put into this world with a role to play in making the world a better place for ourselves and for others,” said Becky Troodler, Assistant Principal of Yeshivat Noam.
On April 26, Becky Troodler of Teaneck will receive a Community Leadership Award from Areyvut, a New Jersey-based non-profit that believes in the core Jewish principles of chesed, tzedakah, and tikkun olam and connects Jewish youth and teens to educational programming and community service opportunities.
As a Yeshivat Noam Assistant Principal, Troodler plays an instrumental role in the running of various community-service programs that take place within the school. She has supported Areyvut’s H.O.P.E. (Helping Organizations Provide Essentials) program, a Jewish teen philanthropy initiative where 7th-grade students serve as a board, learn about philanthropy, and ultimately provide grants to communal agencies, as well as an annual B’nai Mitzvah Fair that exposes students to a variety of volunteer opportunities.
“Areyvut’s relationship with Yeshivat Noam would not be possible without the help of Becky Troodler,” said Daniel Rothner, Founder and Director of Areyvut. “Her commitment to the core Jewish values of chesed, tzedakah, and Ahavat Yisrael is inspirational to her students, the Jewish community at large, and motivates Areyvut to continue our work.”
“At Yeshivat Noam, we are extremely fortunate to enjoy such a wonderful working relationship with Areyvut,” said Troodler. “Being able to utilize the various resources and programs that Areyvut offers has greatly enhanced our ability to make chesed a focal point of our students’ religious growth and spiritual development.”
Throughout her 13 years at Yeshivat Noam, Troodler has relished the opportunity to help her students connect to the core components of Judaism in a variety of ways, including through chesed, tefillah, the study of Torah, and mitzvot and is committed to facilitating opportunities to engage with these values within the Yeshivat Noam Middle School community.
Under Troodler’s leadership and direction, the Yeshivat Noam Middle School has become renowned for its challenging, collaborative, differentiated, and 21st-century-learning-based educational model, and is widely recognized for its collaborative teaching environment and its warm and engaged community of parents, administrators, and teachers who constantly work together to help meet the needs of the middle school students in the best way possible.
“My role as a Jewish educator and administrator is to help students and teachers further their development and transform school into a joyous and meaningful place,” said Troodler. “It is exhilarating to know that when I go to work every day, I am not merely doing my job; rather, I am doing whatever I can to better the future of the Jewish people by helping to shape the lives of my students and providing them with the necessary tools to become the Jewish leaders of tomorrow.”
Troodler has recently been appointed the founding principal of Yeshiva Lab School, a project of the Kohelet Foundation, which is scheduled to open in Fall, 2015. Rooted in a constructivist model of education, the Yeshiva Lab School hopes to advance the Jewish day-school field by employing replicable, empirically supported, and developmentally appropriate methods of pedagogy. To meet the needs of the growing Orthodox community, this school will also be the first philosophically Modern Orthodox elementary school in the Philadelphia area.
“Becky embodies everything it means to be a Jewish role model and leader,” said Rothner. “We look forward to our continued relationship with Becky and Yeshivat Noam and are excited to see how our work together will make a big impact on the Jewish community and the world around us.”
The Community Leadership Award will be presented on Sunday, April 26, at Areyvut’s Fourth Annual Breakfast, at Congregation Bnai Yeshurun in Teaneck. In addition to Troodler’s award, Areyvut will be honoring Matthew and Jessica Lish with The Young Leadership Award. For more information about Areyvut and the upcoming breakfast, visit www.areyvut.org, email [email protected], or call 201-244-6702.
By JLNJ Staff