As part of ARJE’s commitment to advocating for the field of Jewish education, the Association presents a number of awards to practitioners whose work exemplify best practices. All new awards will be updated after the 2019 annual gathering. Mazel Tov to all of our members on their forthcoming special milestones!
Past Awards and Recognition:
Yad B’Yad Award 2017-18
The Yad B’Yad Award, established in 2010, recognizes innovative programming and curricula. The purpose of this award is to share the achievements of our members and draw attention to their exemplary contributions to Jewish education. Each award winner receives a yad in recognition.
This year’s Yad B’Yad Award asks us to consider radical thinking in Jewish education and how we can be disruptors in our own field in order to respond to some of the big questions and dilemmas in Jewish education.
Congregation B’nai Jeshrun- Short Hills, NJ
Camp Harlam- Kunkletown, PA
2015-16 Innovative Approaches to Youth and/or Teen Mental Health
Rabbi Suzie Jacobson, Education Director Temple Israel, Boston, MA
Approach/Program: An innovative and successful approach to Temple Israel’s mandatory Monday evening 8th grade class, that allows the students a place to bring their struggles and questions, their hopes and their fears to their Temple community. Inspired by an “Our Whole Lives” training provided by the Universalist Unitarian Organization, Rabbi Jacobson stated, “I believe that before any teen can learn Torah, Jewish History or Prayer, they need to feel like their Jewish community and their Rabbi cares about who they are and what they need.” Rabbi Jacobson wants to credit the work and support of Mike Fishbein, Director of Teen Education at Temple Israel.
For More Information: www.tisrael.org or Suzie Jacobson firstname.lastname@example.org
2014-15 An Innovative Program and/or Approach to Jewish Education
Lori Green, Education Director Temple Sholom in Broomall, Broomall, PA
Approach/Program: “Rimon” at Temple Sholom in Broomall has re-imagined and re-invented complimentary religious education. With a strong focus on voice and choice for our students and parents and community-building they are enjoying great success in the second year of the program.
For More Information: www.temple-sholom.org or Lori Green email@example.com.
2013-14 An Innovative Approach to Integrating Israel into the Curriculum
Dana Prottas RJE, Lower School and Hebrew School Director, Mt. Zion Temple, St. Paul, MN
Program: “Israel-in-a-Box” provided each teacher with a box chock full of goodies related to Israel: a map, a flag, a picture of the state emblem, artifacts, etc. Each teacher led the class in an exploration of Israel through these ‘goodies’.
For More Information: Dana Prottas firstname.lastname@example.org
2012-13 An Innovative Approach to Student Learning
The award went to two educators:
Rabbi Nicki Greninger, Director of Education, Temple Isaiah, Lafayette, CA
Program: “Track Based Religious School” which is designed to meet the needs of different learners and their interests.
For More Information: email@example.com.
Kate Milgrom, Education Director at Temple Emanu El, Orange Village, OH
Program: “Kitah Kadimah” which embraces Project Based Learning
For More Information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
2011-12 Exceptional Professional Learning for Educational Staff
Marla Wolf, Director of Religious School on behalf of the education team at Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple, Beachwood, OH
Program: “Teacher Training for Middle School Teachers” that included mentors, study and group planning of lesson plans
For More Information: email@example.com.
2010-11: Outstanding Teen Engagement Programming
Barrett Harr, as Director of High School and Youth Programs on behalf of the education team at Temple Shalom, Dallas, TX
Program: “Next Dor” high school curriculum that bridged formal and informal education by being a credit based program for 8th – 12th graders, that included options for social action programs, independent study and service attendance.
For More Information: firstname.lastname@example.org (Barrett current position is NFTY-MI Regional Director of Youth Engagement)
Honoring the ARJE Educator
Milestone awards are presented to educators for 13, 18, 25, 30, 36, 40 or 50 years (and upon retirement) of leadership in Jewish education.
2017-18 Milestone Awards
The ARJE is delighted to celebrate this special time in your career as a Jewish educator. As has become our custom each year, we want to honor ARJE educators who will reach 13, 18, 25, 30, 36, 40 or 50 years as an educational leader, and those of you who are about to retire after at least 18 years in a leadership position. What significant milestones!
Please click here to apply.
All submissions must be received no later than Wednesday, January 3, 2018.
Mazel Tov to the following educators for their Milestone Achievement in 2016-17:
|Arliene Botnick , RJE||Solel Congregation||Mississauga, Ontario, Canada||30 years|
|Sandy Robbins , RJE||B’nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim||Deerfield, IL||Retirement|
|Cheryl Cohen, RJE||Milken Community Schools||Los Angeles, CA||25 years|
|Robin Eisenberg, RJE||Temple Beth El||Boca Raton, FL||Retirement|
|Connie Heymann||Temple Shaaray Tefila||New York, NY||13 years|
|Susan Levey||Beth David Reform Congregation||Gladwyne, PA||36 years|
|Rebecca Bernstein McVeigh||Beth Haverim Shir Shalom||Mahwah, NJ||13 years|
|Deborah Morosohk, RJE||Temple Beth El||Bloomfield Hills, MI||30 years|
|Teresa Parker, RJE||Temple Dor Dorim||Weston, FL||13 Years / Retirement|
|Debi Rowe, RJE||Temple Beth El||San Pedro, CA||36 years|
|Abi Taylor-Abt||Temple Emanu-El||Oak Park, MI||25 years|
|Louise Riddell-Kaufman||Congregation Beth Israel||Carmel, CA||18 years|