Grinspoon-Steinhardt Awards for Excellence in Jewish Education announced
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Grinspoon-Steinhardt Awards for Excellence in Jewish Education announced

JESNA, Wednesday, announced the winners of the Grinspoon-Steinhardt Awards for Excellence in Jewish Education.

The Harold Grinspoon Foundation started giving out the awards in Western Massachusetts in 1993 to honor excellent teachers. He enlisted Michael Steinhardt to expand the program to the rest of the country in 2000. Now, each year, every local community selects one winner. Grinspoon and Steinhardt give the winners a $1,000 stipend for professional development, and the local communities pitch in a $1,000 cash prize. 

Here are the 2010 winners:

  • Mrs. Zipora Antman, GREATER NEW YORK
  • Ms. Emily Aronoff, WEST PALM BEACH, FL
  • Rabbi Ruven Barkan, METROPOLITAN CHICAGO
  • Sonya Basseri, SEATTLE, WA
  • Ms. Leah Blumenthal Boonin, BOULDER, CO
  • Ms. Kathe Brener, LAS VEGAS, NV
  • Melissa Burger, MIAMI, FL
  • Miss Sara Chaya Burton, GREATER NEW YORK
  • Mrs. Minda Chaikin, WINNIPEG
  • Mrs. Dina Delmar-Acoca, GREATER VANCOUVER, BC
  • Ms. Lauri Flaxman, SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, CA.
  • Mr. Ariel Gerafi, MONTREAL, QC
  • Ms. Henri Goettel, GREATER KANSAS CITY
  • Mrs. Brocha Leah Greenberg, GREATER BUFFALO, NY
  • Mrs. Sandy Haas, DALLAS, TX
  • Dr. Mara Hammerman, STAMFORD, CT
  • Rachelle Herzog, TAMPA, FL
  • Mrs. Debby Jacobson, ROCKLAND COUNTY, NY
  • Ms. Miriam Kass, METROPOLITAN CHICAGO
  • Ann Kocher, AUSTIN, TX
  • Ms. Marina Kogan, LOS ANGELES, CA
  • Mrs. Zahava Koll, BALTIMORE, MD
  • Mrs. Leah Levi, NORTHERN NEW JERSEY
  • Mrs. Adina Levin, DETROIT METROPOLITAN AREA, MI
  • Laurie N. Levy, GREATER HOUSTON, TX
  • Jennifer K. McGowan, WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS
  • Miriam Miller, GREATER NEW YORK
  • Ms. Rhonda Mills, RHODE ISLAND
  • Marla A. Peers, GREATER NEW YORK
  • Mrs. Rachel Pekkar, PITTSBURGH, PA
  • Mr. Harris Pikus, GREATER HOUSTON, TX
  • Ms. Shoshana Radinsky, GREATER NEW YORK
  • Mr. Michael Raileanu, ST. LOUIS, MO
  • Eran Rosenberg, COLUMBUS, OH
  • Yona Rosenman, BOSTON, MA
  • Rabbi Shai Scherer, CINCINNATI, OH
  • Patty Shechtman, GREATER PHILADELPHIA, PA
  • Ellyn B. Shriber, CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS
  • Ms. Linda Greenberg Signer, SAN DIEGO, CA
  • Mrs. Aviva Skurowitz, BROWARD COUNTY, FL
  • Mrs. Revital Soffer, LOS ANGELES, CA
  • Mrs. Deborah Stark, NORTHEASTERN NEW YORK
  • Rabbi Ben Sugerman, SOUTH PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL
  • Mrs. Melissa Truelove, SOUTHERN ARIZONA 
  • Robin Wander, CENTRAL NEW JERSEY
  • Mrs. Amanda Warner, ROCHESTER, NY
  • Ms. Flora Musleah Yavelberg, METROWEST NJ