The Covenant Foundation Awards its 2013 Pomegranate Prize to Five Promising Young Jewish Educators


Source: Covenant Foundation


Five promising Jewish educators are the 2013 recipients of The Covenant Foundation’s Pomegranate Prize for their exceptionalism as emerging professionals in Jewish educational settings across the country. The Pomegranate Prize was established in 2011, taking its place next to The Covenant Award, which honors three exemplary Jewish educators each year for their records of innovation and impact across Jewish education settings. The Pomegranate Prize, recognizing passionate, emerging leaders in Jewish education, goes to those in the field for 10 years or less.


Recipients, representing a range of educational venues, activities and approaches, are: Risa Alyson Cooper, Executive Director of Shoresh Jewish Environmental Programs in Toronto; Rabbi Lizzi Heydemann, Founder of Mishkan Chicago; Rabbi Yechiel Hoffman, Director of Youth Learning and Engagement at Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles; Rabbi Todd Markley, Associate Rabbi at Temple Beth Shalom in Needham, MA; and Yonatan Rosner, a Judaic Studies teacher and Director of the T’fillah Kehillah Institute at New Community Jewish High School in West Hills, CA.


The Covenant Foundation is creating a growing network of Pomegranate Prize recipients and providing a laboratory and platform for them as they immerse themselves in foundation-supported professional development and leadership programs, peer-to-peer gatherings, mentorships and other educator initiatives. Each recipient receives a $15,000 fund to fuel educational projects and their development as change agents in their communities and in Jewish education.


Read more about the prize recipients at the Covenant Foundation website.

Updated: Nov. 06, 2013