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Sharon spent a year following high school, living and studying in Israel on the Young Judaea Year Course program. Upon her return to the States she pursued her interest in Judaism at the Jewish Theological Seminary in NY and at Spertus College of Judaica in Chicago where she received her B.S. in Jewish Studies, a Hebrew Teacher's Certificate and a Masters Degree in Jewish Education. Returning to Nashville after college, Sharon taught Hebrew and Jewish Studies 6 hours a week in the WES Religious School. She also accepted a full time position as the Director of the Nashville Jewish Resource Center and Director of the CRC of the Nashville Jewish Federation.
New opportunities took her and her family to Savannah, GA where she became the principal of the Shalom School, a joint Conservative-Reform Religious School and trained Bnai Mitzvah students from both congregations. Realizing an opportunity to put the funding of Jewish Education at the top of the community agenda, Sharon accepted the position as the Director of the Savannah Jewish Federation and served as a Federation professional for 12 years. Sharon and her husband, Moises, decided to pursue new career opportunities and moved to Scottsdale, Arizona where Sharon returned to being a full time educator. She was the lead Judaic Studies teacher for 4th-8th graders at the King David/Jess Schwartz Jewish Community Day School. Following three years in Arizona, the Pazs moved to Brooklyn to be near two of their 5 children and 5 of their 7 grandchildren. Sharon was hired as the Associate Director of Hebrew and Instruction at Congregation Beth Elohim (CBE), a supplementary school of 200 students in Park Slope (Brooklyn). Living in New York and working in Park Slope afforded her a plethora of Jewish resources and the opportunity to be exposed to new paradigms in Jewish learning. When Miriam Halachmi decided to retire as Educational Director of WES, her husband Ari, encouraged Sharon to consider applying for the position. "The rest", as they say, "is history!"