Covenant Foundation cites innovative educators


NEW YORK (JTA) — The Covenant Foundation announced the winners of its annual awards for excellence in Jewish education.

The awardees, who were picked for their innovative Jewish educational programs, each will receive $36,000, as well as $5,000 apiece for their institutions.

They are Dr. Erica Brown, the scholar-in-residence at the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and the director of adult education at the Partnership for Jewish Life and Learning; Rabbi Stuart Seltzer, the dean of Judaic studies at the Shoshana S. Cardin School in Baltimore; and Nili Simhai, the director of the Teva Learning Center in New York.

“These educators have given back greatly to Jewish education,” said Eli Evans, the foundation’s chairman of the board. “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.”

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