The Covenant Foundation Names 2015 Award Recipients for Excellence in Jewish Education

Published: 
June 3, 2015

Source: The Covenant Foundation

 

Three visionary educators demonstrating the power of inspired Jewish education to create change and drive impact are the 2015 recipients of The Covenant Award for excellence in the field, The Covenant Foundation announced today. Michelle Shapiro Abraham, Director of Program Development for the Campaign for Youth Engagement at the Union for Reform Judaism, as well as a consultant for the Foundation for Jewish Camp, and a clinical faculty member in the HUC-Jewish Institute of Religion Executive MAJE Program; Dr. Sandra Ostrowicz Lilienthal, Curriculum Developer and Instructor at The Rose and Jack Orloff Central Agency for Jewish Education of Broward County in Davie, FL; and, Amy Meltzer, Lead Kindergarten teacher at Lander- Grinspoon Academy in Northampton, MA, are the 2015 recipients of the Award, which is among the highest honors in the field of Jewish education.

 

The three recipients join 72 other Jewish educators honored with a Covenant Award since the Foundation established it in 1991. Along with the honor, each will receive $36,000, and each of their institutions will receive $5,000. The Foundation and the Jewish community will honor them at an awards dinner in Washington, DC on Nov. 8, 2015 during the General Assembly of The Jewish Federations of North America.

 

Michelle Shapiro Abraham, Director of Program Development or the Campaign for Youth Engagement at the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), has spent nearly two decades as a Jewish educator and has altered the educational landscape in myriad settings and for a cross section of students and colleagues.

 

Dr. Sandra Ostrowicz Lilienthal, Curriculum Developer and Instructor at The Rose and Jack Orloff Central Agency for Jewish Education of Broward County (Orloff CAJE) in Davie, FL, attaches an uncommon passion and approach to adult Jewish education and in the process is equipping and empowering students to create and deepen their Jewish identities.

Amy Meltzer, the lead Kindergarten teacher at Lander-Grinspoon Academy (LGA) in Northampton, MA, is proving that a small classroom in a small school in a small town can be a nucleus of inspired Jewish education and a model for the entire field.

 

The Covenant Foundation is a program of the Crown Family Philanthropies.

Read the entire announcement at the Covenant Foundation website

Updated: Jun. 10, 2015
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