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abby peklo - b.i.r.s education director

Morah Abby Peklo was delighted to be named Education Director in August 2016.  She has extensive experience teaching at B’nai Israel Religious School.  She is passionate about teaching the contemporary Jewish American experience, the history of Jewish immigration, Holocaust studies, the founding of modern Israel, Jewish values and environmentalism.

Abby received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Sociology from Muhlenberg College and her Master of Arts in Education and Human Development from The George Washington University. Her full-time job is as Director of Interdistrict Grants and Programs at Education Connection in Litchfield.  Previously, Abby served as the Director of JCC Programming and Outreach for The Jewish Federation of Western CT for ten years, where she created and facilitated a Jewish overnight camp program for youth and families, numerous Jewish culture trips, speaker series, musical performances and the Women’s Seder.  She directed The Anne Frank Project, for which she was nominated for the Connecticut Humanitarian of the Year Award and produced the documentary “Remembering the Shoah: Honoring our Local Legacy” for which she won The Communicator Award of Excellence.   For her work on behalf of the Jewish community, Abby received the Beverly Zlotoff Young Leadership Award and the Grinspoon Award for Excellence in Jewish Education.

Abby lives with her family in an historic 1835 renovated mill building on the Pomperaug River in Woodbury. Contact Abby Peklo at 203.267.3396 or email at:

Abby was honored to pose with Jack & Ruth Gruener following their lecture on Prisoner B-3087, a book based on Jack's story of survival during the Holocaust.