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 exemplifies best practices.

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

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: or Lori Green [email protected].

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 protected].
Kate Milgrom, Education Director at Temple Emanu El, Orange Village, OH
Program: “Kitah Kadimah” which embraces Project Based Learning
For More Information: [email protected].

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: [email protected] (Barrett current position is NFTY-MI Regional Director of Youth Engagement)

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: or Suzie Jacobson [email protected]

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 [email protected]

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 protected].

Honoring the ARJE Educator

Milestone Awards

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:

Name Institution Name Location Milestone
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

For information about any of these prestigious ARJE awards please contact Rabbi Rena Rifkin, [email protected]or Laura Perpinyal, RJE [email protected]