December has proven to be a testament to the quality of social workers Wurzweiler School of Social Work produces. The month holds high honors for two Wurzweiler MSW alumni who will both be recognized at high profile events in New York City, Elisheva Lock (2010) and Marleen Litt (2002).
On December 5th, Elisheva Lock received an award as one of thirteen Emerging Leaders in Social Work at the 7th Annual Leadership Awards Dinner of the New York State Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). It was highly stressed at the event that the recognition is of substantial significance. Dean Carmen Ortiz Hendricks, Associate Dean Jade Docherty, Director of Field Education Ronnie Glassman and several Wurzweiler faculty members and staff were also in attendance. Currently the Director of Connect2: Friendly Visiting program for Holcaust Survivors, a program ensuring provision of services to Holocaust survivors in the New York City area, Lock serves as Educational Coordinator for the Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island. She also currently works with other filmmakers on a documentary called “The Last Survivor,” capturing the life of holocaust survivors and skills and tenacity that experience can bring (see a teaser video here). Lock also hold experience working with Children’s Services (ACS).
She interned at the Manhattan President’s Office and Jewish Board of Children and Family Services, Ohel Children’s Home and Family Services, and numerous organizations, and is also an active volunteer at Chai Lifeline.
Marleen Litt, a 2002 graduate of Wurzweiler’s Summer Block Program, is currently Assistant Division Director at the Jewish Child Care Association and has oversight for the Bridges to Health Waiver Service Provider program. She is also Chairperson of the Reuth Young Leadership Division, and will be honored on December 16th by Reuth American Friends. In a special event titled “An Evening at the Palace”, the event will recognize Litt along with internationally renowned musician David Broza, and feature remarks by Ambassador Ido Aharoni, Consul General of Israel.
Originally from Boston, MA, Litt received her undergraduate degree from Stern College for Women at Yeshiva University before obtaining her MSW from Wurzweiler, and has a certificate from the Ackerman institute for the Family. Her work with Reuth related to the organization’s commitment to providing services for children, wounded soldiers, victims of terror and the elderly. The organization claims to be the largest rehabilitation and chronic care hospital in Tel Aviv. For more on the upcoming event and Reuth visit An Evening at the Palace
The administration, faculty, staff and students of Wurzweiler School of Social Work warmly congratulate Elisheva and Marleen on their honors and accomplishments.