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Awards Program

How to Nominate

Please Note! Nominations Deadline Extended to November 29, 2016

2017 Covenant Awards for Exceptional Jewish Educators

The responsibilities of the Award nominator, Letter of Support writers, and Award nominee are clearly delineated in these guidelines. Note that the role of the nominator is crucial. The process requires the oversight of the nominator from beginning to end; it is the nominator’s responsibility to ensure that all parties are aware of all requirements and deadlines. The deadlines are firm; no exceptions will be made.

Eligibility

Educators at any stage of their careers with significant achievements in the field of Jewish education are eligible to be nominated for Covenant Awards. Please note, however, that the Awards are only given to people currently active in the field and are not used to mark the conclusion of a career. Educators working in any setting in North America are eligible to receive Covenant Awards, with the exception of those educators teaching primarily in a college, seminary, or university setting for credit. Educators working primarily in Israel are not eligible for Covenant Awards.

Previous Nominees

Educators whose dossiers were first considered for the 2015 or 2016 Awards will be reconsidered automatically for the 2017 Awards. Nominees with complete dossiers who are still eligible, and who do not wish to be considered this year, should notify the Foundation as soon as possible. The Foundation also allows the re-nomination of Award nominees who were considered for the 2014 Awards or earlier (nominated in or before 2014). These materials should include a new Statement of Nomination, new Biographical Information, new Statements of Motivation and Purpose, and new Letters of Support. The Foundation has disposed of all dossiers considered for the 2014 Awards or earlier. Candidates may contact The Covenant Foundation if they have any questions about their status.

Selection Criteria

To be considered for a Covenant Award, a completed Award dossier must demonstrate that the candidate is an exceptional Jewish educator who has had a significant impact on others; has contributed creatively to advancing the transmission of Jewish knowledge, values, and identity; and is a positive role model.

Nominations

Anyone concerned with Jewish education in North America is welcome to submit a nomination for the Covenant Awards. We encourage nominations from community members and professionals of all religious denominations and from all institutional frameworks. No one may nominate more than one person for a Covenant Award in any one year. We will not consider any candidates who are self-nominated or nominated by a family member (e.g., parent, child, sibling, or spouse).

Formatting Requirements

The documents required for nomination must be prepared according to the following guidelines. All nomination materials should be prepared as single-sided, double-spaced 8.5″ x 11″ documents, using a 12-point font. All pages must be numbered.

How to Nominate an Educator

Part I. Responsibilities of the Nominator

Those who wish to nominate an educator for a Covenant Award have the following three responsibilities:

  1. Submit Six Copies of the Statement of Nomination via post and one copy via e-mail to be received by The Covenant Foundation no later than 5:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, November 29, 2016. The e-mail must be sent to awards@covenantfn.org, and the subject line must read “Nomination of (first and last name of nominee).” All documents submitted via e-mail must be in a .doc or .docx format. The Statement of Nomination must include the following three parts:
    1. Cover Page (may extend to a second page):
      1. Information about the nominee (each entry should be on a separate line):
        • Title, First Name, Last Name
        • Organization
        • Professional title
        • Street address ( home/work)
        • City, State, Zip Code
        • Telephone number (day/work)
        • Telephone number (evening)
        • E-mail address
        • Current professional affiliation(s)
        • Years of service in Jewish education

        Please note that the address you provide on this cover page will be used by the Foundation for all future correspondence. Please ensure that it is correct and indicate whether it is the nominee’s work or home address. (If more than one address is listed, please indicate which is the primary mailing address.)

      2. Information about the nominator (each entry should be on a separate line):
        • Name
        • Organization
        • Professional title
        • Street address ( home/work)
        • City, State, Zip Code
        • Telephone number (day/work)
        • Telephone number (evening)
        • E-mail address
        • Current professional affiliation(s), if applicable
        • Professional relationship to the nominee (e.g., student, teacher, colleague, community member, congregant, etc.)
      3. Please indicate whether the address provided is your work or home address. (If more than one address is listed, please indicate which is the primary mailing address.)

    2. A Written Statement from the nominator describing the nominee’s exceptional contributions to the field of Jewish education and explaining why these contributions merit a Covenant Award. This statement must be limited to two 8.5″ x 11″ double-spaced, single-sided pages, using a 12-point font. The statement may not exceed 700 words.
  • Send the Notice of Nomination letter to the nominee. The Notice of Nomination letter notifies the nominee that he or she is being considered for a Covenant Award and provides detailed information about how to complete his or her dossier. All of the nominee’s materials must be submitted via post and e-mail and must be received by The Covenant Foundation no later than 5:00p.m. EST on Tuesday, December 13, 2016. The nominator is responsible for ensuring that the Award candidate knows that he or she has been nominated and is aware of all relevant deadlines. (Also see Nominee’s Responsibilities below.)
  • Invite three people to write Letters of Support. This invitation notifies the writer that he or she is being asked to write a Letter of Support on behalf of the nominee and provides detailed information about how to complete the letter. These letters should be written by colleagues, former or current students, or community members who have worked directly with the nominee. Letters should be solicited from people who know the nominee from different contexts. (Also see Responsibilities of the Letter of Support Writer for complete instructions.)

An important part of the nominator’s responsibility is to ensure that the writers of the Letters of Support complete their letters to the specifications outlined in the following section and are informed of the submission deadline, which is 5:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, December 13, 2016. If six copies of each of the three letters are not received by The Covenant Foundation via post and one copy via e-mail by this deadline, the candidate will not be eligible for consideration for the 2017 Awards competition. The nominator may wish to consider collecting the Letters of Support and submitting all of them at one time via post and e-mail. Please send all documents in .doc or .docx format. Please do not send more than three letters. Note that extra, unsolicited materials will not be considered in the Awards process.

Part II. Responsibilities of the Letter of Support Writer

Each Letter of Support writer is responsible for submitting six copies of the following information via post and one copy via e-mail to be received by The Covenant Foundation no later than 5:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, December 13, 2016. No exceptions will be made. The e-mail must be sent to awards@covenantfn.org, the subject line must read “Letter of Support for (first and last name of nominee),” and all documents must be in .doc or .docx format. The letter must include both a cover page and a written statement. The Written Statement must not exceed two 8.5″ x 11″ double-spaced, single-sided pages, using a 12-point font and may not exceed 700 words.

    1. Cover Page containing contact information (each entry should be on a separate line):
      • Name of Covenant Award nominee
      • Name of Letter of Support writer
      • Professional title and affiliation of Letter of Support writer
      • Address of Letter of Support writer, including street, city, state, and zip code
      • Telephone number (day/work)
      • Telephone number (evening)
      • E-mail address of Letter of Support writer
      • Professional relationship of Letter of Support writer to the nominee

      Please indicate whether the address provided is the work or home address. (If more than one address is listed, please indicate which is the primary mailing address.)

    2. Written Statement

The statement should comment on the nominee’s effectiveness; his or her impact on students both in and out of the classroom; contributions as an educator to the transmission of Jewish knowledge, values, and identity; pioneering educational activities, if any; and special approaches to education.

Note: A Letter of Support writer cannot write more than one Letter of Support in a given Awards cycle.

Part III. Nominee’s Responsibilities

The nominee is responsible for submitting six copies of the following information via post and one copy via e-mail to be received by The Covenant Foundation no later than 5:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, December 13, 2016. The e-mail must be sent to awards@covenantfn.org, the subject line must contain the first and last name of the nominee, and all documents must be in .doc or .docx format.

  1. Biographical Information
    Please do not substitute a résumé for this information. The biographical information must include the following parts:
    1. Information about the nominee (each entry should be on a separate line):
      • Name
      • Organization
      • Professional title
      • Street address (home/work)
      • City, State, Zip Code
      • Telephone number (day/work)
      • Telephone number (evening)
      • E-mail address
      • Date submitted

      Please indicate whether the address provided is the work or home address. (If more than one address is listed, please indicate which is the primary mailing address.)

    2. Training information about the nominee (each entry should be on a separate line):
      • All training and post-secondary general education
      • Dates nominee attended the programs
      • All degrees awarded, including areas of concentration
    3. Professional positions held by the nominee (each entry should be on a separate line):
      • List positions chronologically, with the most recent position listed first.
      • List up to four positions in Jewish education held by the nominee, including the institution’s name and full address, professional title, duties, and most significant achievements
    4. Teaching and leadership positions held by the nominee (each entry should be on a separate line):
      • Other related teaching and leadership positions held by the nominee, including sponsoring institution and dates participated
    5. Honors and awards received by the nominee (each entry should be on a separate line):
      • The most significant honors and awards received by the nominee (up to five)
      • The nature of the award, the organization that presented the award, and the date it was received
    6. Publications, if applicable:
      • If the nominee has more than ten publications, please include only the ten most recent or relevant
  2. Statement of Motivation

    The Statement of Motivation must not exceed three 8.5″ x 11″ double-spaced, single-sided pages, using a 12-point font. It may not exceed 1,000 words. The statement should highlight the formative experiences that compelled the candidate to become a Jewish educator. It may include a description of educational programs or life experiences that have formed the basis of the educator’s commitment to transmitting Judaism.

  3. Statement of Purpose

    The Statement of Purpose must not exceed three 8.5″ x 11″ double-spaced, single-sided pages, using a 12-point font. It may not exceed 1,000 words. The statement should describe what the nominee hopes to achieve in his or her career in Jewish education, the most meaningful aspects of that involvement, and the aspirations the nominee holds for his or her future work.

Note that extra, unsolicited materials will not be considered in the Awards process.

Six copies of all requested materials must be sent to:
2017 Awards Selection Committee
The Covenant Foundation
1270 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 304
New York, NY I0020-1702

Electronic copies of all materials must also be submitted as e-mail attachments. E-mail should be sent to awards@covenantfn.org, and the first and last name of the nominee must appear in the subject line. All electronic documents must be submitted in .doc or .docx format.

Selection Procedures and Notification of Covenant Award Recipients

All completed nominations will undergo a process of peer review. They will be read by Foundation staff and the Awards Selection Committee. During the selection process, The Covenant Foundation staff may request additional information from candidates. The Executive Director of The Covenant Foundation will advise all nominators, nominees, and Award Recipients of the final determinations in May 2017. No information will be provided over the telephone regarding Award status.

Please contact The Covenant Foundation with any questions you may have regarding the nomination process:
Phone: 212-245-3500
Fax: 212-245 0619
E-mail: awards@covenantfn.org

Important Deadlines

Please Note! Nominations Deadline Extended to November 29, 2016

For your convenience, below is a list of all deadlines and items needed for the nomination of a candidate. All e-mails should be addressed to awards@covenantfn.org.

Please be sure to complete all of the items listed below. Dossiers that are not completed by the following deadlines will not be considered for the 2017 Covenant Awards.

FOR NOMINATORS

  • Statement of Nomination. The Covenant Foundation must receive completed statements of nomination, six copies via post and one copy via e-mail, no later than 5:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, November 29, 2016.
  • Notice of Nomination Letter. The nominator must notify the nominee, alerting him or her to submit completed materials via post and e-mail. The Covenant Foundation must receive all completed nominee materials, via post and e-mail, no later than 5:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, December 13, 2016.
  • Invitation for Letters of Support. The nominator must invite three appropriate people who agree to write Letters of Support. The Covenant Foundation must receive completed support materials, via post and e-mail, by 5:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, December 13, 2016.

FOR LETTER OF SUPPORT WRITERS

  • Letters of Support. The Covenant Foundation must receive completed Letters of Support, six copies via post, and one copy via e-mail, no later than 5:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, December 13, 2016.

FOR NOMINEES

  • Biographical Information
  • Statement of Motivation
  • Statement of Purpose

The Covenant Foundation must receive all three items from the nominee, six copies via post, and one copy via e-mail, no later than 5:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, December 13, 2016. Nominee materials sent by post should arrive in a single packet.

If further information is required, The Covenant Foundation will contact the nominee.

All materials should be sent to:
2017 Awards Selection Committee
The Covenant Foundation
1270 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 304
New York, NY 10020-1702

Send Notice of Nomination Letter

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Invitation to Write Letter of Support

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After sending the Notice of Nomination, please use the form below to invite three people to write letters of support on behalf of your nominee. After you send a request you will be given the option to send a second and third request:

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