Educators honored with Covenant Awards


The Covenant Foundation presented its annual awards for innovative Jewish educators.

The Covenant Awards, presented Sunday at a gala dinner at the United Jewish Communities’ General Assembly in Nashville, include a $25,000 prize for each educator as well as a $5,000 prize for the recipient’s home institution.

The foundation cited Tobie Brandriss, a biology teacher and science curriculum coordinator at SAR High School in New York; Bruce Powell, the founding head of school at New Community Jewish High School in West HiIls, Calif.; and Rabbi Philip Warmflash, the executive director of Jewish Outreach Partnership in Philadelphia.

They were chosen from a pool of 148 nominees. Brandriss, who designed a science curriculum that explores the potential tension between Judaism and science, was the first science teacher to receive the award, created in 1991 to honor forward-thinking Jewish educators.

Powell founded three Jewish day schools in the Los Angeles area. Warmflash designs programs to help synagogues welcome unaffiliated families.


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