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Celebrating Excellence and Innovation in Jewish Education | Celebrating Excellence and Innovation in Jewish Education

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2014 Covenant Award Recipients

Three Jewish Educators Receive 2014 Covenant Award; Honored by Jewish Community, Leadership

Covenant Award recipients Alison Kur, Dr. Rebecca Schorsch and Rabbi Yisroel Boruch Sufrin.
VIDEOWashington, DC, Nov 9, 2014—Three educators from across the spectrum of Jewish life received The Covenant Foundation’s 2014 Covenant Award today, honored for their commitment, vision and impact by hundreds of Jewish community and educational leaders, philanthropists, students, colleagues and others.[More]

Remembering Rabbi Judith Z. Abrams

It saddens me to announce the untimely death of our beloved Rabbi, wife and mother: Judith Zabarenko Abrams.

Judith died in Houston, Texas on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 56 years of age. She was born in Pittsburgh, Pennyslvania, attended college at Oberlin University, and obtained Rabbinic Ordination at HUC-JIR in Cincinnati. She then obtained a Ph.D. in Jewish studies at Baltimore Hebrew University.

She was a devoted scholar and teacher, authoring over 20 books and leading the nonprofit effort of this website, Maqom, dedicated to teaching Talmud to students of all ages and levels. She was a passionate and charismatic teacher, she had the ability to say things in a down-to-earth manner while being articulate and knowledgeable, which is a very powerful combination. She really connected to all her students, who knew better than to be late to one of her classes. She was also a true believer in education, both religious and secular. She instilled these beliefs into her three children, who always strived for the best on all education levels.



Profiles in Great Teaching

Find inspiration and information in these profiles of our most recent Covenant Award recipients. Click here to find additional films and here for slideshows and multimedia presentations. Don’t miss our 18th anniversary publication, A Covenant of Dreams, celebrating in words and pictures the glorious work of those who received Covenant Foundation grants and Covenant Awards during our first 18 years.

Our News

Nov 9, 2014

Five Young Jewish Educators Receive 2014 Pomegranate Prize from The Covenant Foundation

Five young, passionate and exceptional Jewish educators making impact today, and holding great promise to be leaders in the field in the future, are the 2014 recipients of The Covenant Foundation’s Pomegranate Prize.[More]
Feb 6, 2014

The Covenant Foundation Announces New Grants

The Covenant Foundation announced $1.6 million in new grants today as part of its mission to support and advance excellence and impact in Jewish education.[More]

Community News

Sep 29, 2014

Re-Focus: Creator of the Jewish Lens Takes on Diversity

SLIDESHOWIn 2013, Zion Ozeri received a Covenant Award for outstanding teaching. His innovative educational project, The Jewish Lens, through which he trains teachers and motivates students to learn about and express Jewish diversity, values, and traditions through the art of photography, has had a...[More]
Sep 3, 2014

Educators Get Creative in the Sandbox

SLIDESHOWEducators don’t often get to play with clay, Silly Putty, and glitter. But at Summer Sandbox they do, all in a purposeful way as they reimagine their classrooms as centers of passionate and creative education.[More]

Past Award Recipients

Stephanie Rotsky

Stephanie Rotsky

Stephanie Rotsky grew up in a family where her father actively lived his commitment to and pride in being Jewish. Growing up, he sang the loudest at Shabbat and holiday services and insisted...[more] Learn about more Past Award Recipients

Rare Finds

Sep 30, 2014

The Definitive Guide to Jewish Community Gardens

A guide for Jewish organizations establishing or enhancing a garden to engage constituencies and build community is now available from the Pearlstone Center.[More]
Sep 3, 2014

The Jewish Experience on Film

Jewish history and heritage as portrayed on film is the focus of a major series appearing on Turner Classic Movies this month, offering educators an opportunity to start conversations of key historical, cultural, and social issues in classrooms and other venues.[More]