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Nominations for 2010 Covenant Awards due Nov. 19

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The Covenant Foundation is now accepting nominees for its 2010 awards for innovative Jewish educators.

Awardees receive $36,000, as well as $5,000 for the institution or organization for which they work .

Nominations for the annual awards, given by the Crown Family Foundation, Nov. 19. More inforamiton can be found at www.covenantfn.org/awards.

The 2009 awardees, named in May, include Dr. Erica Brown, Scholar-in-Residence at the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and Director of Adult Education at the Partnership for Jewish Life and Learning; Rabbi Stuart Seltzer, Dean of Judaic Studies at the Shoshana S. Cardin School in Baltimore; and Nili Simhai, Director of the Teva Learning Center in New York.

Here’s the press release:

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NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR 2010 COVENANT AWARDS

Prestigious Award Goes to Three Educators Exemplifying Innovation, Inspiration and Transformative Impact on Jewish Education and Community;
Initial Deadline for Nominations is Nov. 19

New York – Sept. 14, 2009 – The Covenant Foundation is now accepting nominations for the 2010 Covenant Awards for Excellence in Jewish Education, given each year to three exceptional educators who exemplify innovation, inspiration and impact in the field of Jewish education and in their communities.

The Covenant Awards are one of the most acclaimed and recognized honors within the organized Jewish community.  Recipients, named each spring, receive the considerable esteem and respect attached to the award, as well as $36,000 and $5,000 for their home organization or institution.

“Those who have been named as Covenant Awardees have given back greatly to Jewish education,” said Eli N. Evans, chairman of the board of directors of The Covenant Foundation. “The institutions they have enriched, the programs they have initiated, and the influence they have had on others is enormous. They do not share one denomination, one pedagogical approach, one teaching venue, or one definition of teaching. The one commonality among these uncommon people is their abiding love of Judaism and the Jewish people and their devotion to the perpetuation of the Jewish heritage.”

A dedicated Covenant Foundation website page – www.covenantfn.org/awards – describes the Covenant Awards and outlines procedures, guidelines and deadlines to be followed by those nominating an educator for this honorable citation.  The first deadline is Nov. 19.

Fifty-seven Jewish educators from throughout the country and across the breadth of Jewish life have been honored with a Covenant Award since it was established in 1991.  Recipients have distinguished themselves in the field of Jewish education in a variety of ways, including classroom teaching, family education, the arts, adult education, tzedakah, curriculum design, leadership and professional development.

Educators working in any setting in North America are eligible to receive a Covenant Award.  These include those working in day schools, congregational schools, camps, informal education venues, Hillel programs, family and adult programs, and other educational endeavors.

According to selection criteria of the Foundation, Covenant Awardees are exceptional Jewish educators who have made a significant impact, have contributed creatively to advancing the transmission of Jewish knowledge, values and identity, and are positive role models.

The 2009 Covenant Awardees, named in May, include Dr. Erica Brown, Scholar-in-Residence at the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and Director of Adult Education at the Partnership for Jewish Life and Learning; Rabbi Stuart Seltzer, Dean of Judaic Studies at the Shoshana S. Cardin School in Baltimore; and Nili Simhai, Director of the Teva Learning Center in New York.

“The Covenant Award gives deserved recognition to those doing extraordinary and innovative work on the ground – in our classrooms, our synagogues, our camps and other settings where Jewish education is an objective and priority,” said Harlene Winnick Appelman, Executive Director of The Covenant Foundation and 1991 Covenant Award recipient. “These are educators whose daily work touches Jews of all ages seeking inclusion and fulfillment in Jewish life, strengthening Jewish community and continuity in immeasurable ways.”

For more information about nominating an educator for the 2010 Covenant Award, visit www.covenantfn.org/awards, email awards@covenantfn.org, or call 212.245.3500.

The Covenant Foundation is a program of the Crown Family Foundation and the Jewish Education Service of North America (JESNA). 

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