A retired professor, Barbara Sheklin Davis is a Jewish educator with more than fifty years of experience. She served as the headmaster of the Syracuse Hebrew Day School for twenty-seven years and is the Hebrew executive editor of the journal HiYidion. Some of her achievements include the New York State College Teaching Fellowship, the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Temple Adath Yeshurun Citizen of the Year Award, the Syracuse Jewish Federation Roth Award for Community Service, and the National Council of Jewish Women Hannah Solomon Award. She has authored Syracuse African-Americans, The Syracuse Jewish Community, and numerous articles.
Davis attended Barnard College, where she received her BS, and Columbia University, where she earned both her MA and PhD. She spent twenty-five years at Onondaga Community College as a professor of Spanish and director of educational development.
Davis was born and raised in New York and lives in Syracuse with her husband, Leslie, where she continues to be an active member of the Jewish community.
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