The Jewish Education Project

Young Pioneers Award 2014 FAQs

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Celebrate With Us!

The recipients of the award will be recognized at The Celebration to benefit The Jewish Education Project.  More information available here.

What is The Jewish Education Project?
What is The Jewish Education Project Young Pioneers Award?
Who was nominated for the award?
Who are this year's recipients and why were they chosen?
Why is The Jewish Education Project Young Pioneers Award important?
What will each recipient’s achievement allow them to do?
Who is in The Jewish Education Project Young Pioneers Circle?
How will this award benefit a recipient's institution?
Do I have to know the recipient to attend the Celebration?
How can I learn more about the Jewish Education Project and the Young Pioneers Award?
What are the celebration details?

 

What is The Jewish Education Project?

At The Jewish Education Project, we believe in the power and possibility of a great Jewish education. We work with educators, Rabbis, principals, and volunteers to create outstanding Jewish experiences for 160,000 children, teens and families in 800 programs in Westchester, Long Island, and New York City. We spark educators’ creativity and help them develop new ideas, build strong networks, and nurture necessary skills. Together, we are creating outstanding Jewish experiences that go beyond meeting the needs of Jewish kids and families to make a real difference in their lives.
 

What is The Jewish Education Project Young Pioneers Award?

The Jewish Education Project Young Pioneers Award celebrates five forward thinking and innovative educators, under the age of 36, who are creating 21st century Jewish education for children, teens and families.  The recipients each demonstrated a personal and professional commitment to new ideas, and proven use of technology or other innovative approaches to inspire students and families.  They stood out by designing or implementing new educational initiatives, and by engaging and motivating colleagues as well as their leadership to also embrace new ideas.  We were so impressed with the collection of nominees, who came from institutions across educational settings and denominations throughout Greater New York. Recipients were chosen by a Selection Committee of Lay Leaders and educators in the field, and advised by The Jewish Education Project staff.  The recipients of the award will be recognized at the Celebration to benefit The Jewish Education Project on May 21st, 2014 at The New York Academy of Medicine.

Who was nominated for the award?

The Jewish Education Project received nominations for educators aged 36 or below from across New York City, Westchester and Long Island.  Nominees and institutions ran the spectrum from Reform to Orthodox; from preschool and secondary school to community programs. Each educator was nominated by a colleague, supervisor or lay person.  Each nomination contained an extensive rationale as to why their nominee should be chosen. All nominees were notified that they were nominated for this award.
 

Who are this year's recipients and why were they chosen?

This year’s recipients represent innovative educators from across the educational spectrum.  All of our recipients share an ability to think beyond the status quo and to bring new ideas and initiatives into Jewish education. They are creating Jewish learning experiences that engage children and teens in new ways using art, circus and acrobatics, and study trips.  Other innovation demonstrated includes developing a Jewish day school that engages Russian Jewish children and their families, and re-envisioning synagogue youth programming to design programs that serve the unique needs of every age group.  Their collective work truly represents The Jewish Education Project’s mission of sparking and spreading innovations that expand the reach and increase the impact of Jewish Education.

The recipients of The Jewish Education Project 2014 Young Pioneers Award are:

Timna Burston,  Beit Rabban Day School and Congregation Kol Ami
Stav Meishar, Dreamcoat Experience
Menachem Menchel, Hebrew Institute of Riverdale
Chani Okonov, Mazel Day School
Zachary Rolf, Central Synagogue

Click here to learn more about this year's recipients!

 

Why is The Jewish Education Project Young Pioneers Award important?

The world around us is changing at a breathtaking pace.  Jewish educational methods must adapt and grow in order to keep up and ensure that today’s children feel the relevance and importance of Judaism and its values.  We celebrate the young innovative educators who are ensuring that Jewish education remains relevant and compelling for today’s children and families, and whose innovations are enhancing the quality of learning in their communities. By celebrating the accomplishments of these educators and their institutions we help spread their innovations to other institutions throughout the Jewish educational system and reinforce the mission and goals of The Jewish Education Project.

What will each recipient's achievement allow them to do?

Each recipient will receive:
• A $360 Professional Development stipend
• Recognition at the Celebration to benefit The Jewish Education Project at The New York Academy of Medicine on May 21st, 2014 at 6:45 pm
• A complimentary ticket to the upcoming Jewish Futures UnConference on May 21st at 3:00 pm
• Opportunities to connect with other innovative Jewish educators
• Public recognition in Young Pioneers Award materials

We hope each honoree will feel pride in what they have accomplished and will continue to strive to create Jewish educational experiences that engage and inspire today’s children, teens, and families.


Who is in The Jewish Education Project Young Pioneers Circle?

The Jewish Education Project Young Pioneers Circle includes other distinguished Jewish educators and leaders throughout the Greater New York area who were nominated for The Jewish Education Project Young Pioneers Award.  We are very excited to celebrate all of their accomplishments!  All members of the Young Pioneers Circle are invited to attend the Jewish Futures UnConference on May 21st as our guests.

How will this award benefit a recipient's institution?

While each institution will have a unique response, we believe the award will help showcase the amazing work and staff at each institution. Each of these individuals and their institutions have proactively made the decision to look at Jewish education in an innovative and exciting manner and to support experimentation and new ideas. If you would like to speak with a specific recipient or institution, please contact rsaidlower@JewishEdProject.org.


Do I have to know the recipients to attend the Celebration Benefit?

No. The Celebration to benefit The Jewish Education Project will be held on Wednesday, May 21st 2014, at 6:45 pm at The New York Academy of Medicine. The benefit is open to anyone would like to purchase a ticket to the event. Tickets are $360 and proceeds will benefit The Jewish Education Project and support its many initiatives to strengthen the impact and expand the reach of Jewish education in New York and across the country. More information can be found at here.

How can I learn more about the Jewish Education Project and the Young Pioneers Award?

To learn more about The Jewish Education Project, please visit, www.JewishEdProject.org.
To learn more about The Jewish Education Project Young Pioneers Award, please visit www.jewishedproject.org/YoungPioneers2014.
If you would like to connect with The Jewish Education Project, we are on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/JewishEdProject and Twitter: @JewishEd

What are the Celebration details?

The Celebration to benefit The Jewish Education Project
Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 – 6:45 pm
The New York Academy of Medicine
1216 5th Avenue, New York City
Registration fee: $360

If you are an educator, please contact us regarding a special educators rate. (Contact Penny at pcohen@JewishEdProject.org)

Join us as well at the Jewish Futures "UnConference", immediately preceding the Celebration at 5:30 pm. More information and register here.

 

For more information, please visit www.JewishEdProject.org/Celebration2014.