Past Recipients | 2005
Abraham Joshua Heschel High School and Abraham's Vision, New York, NY. Unity Program and Shma/Istma'a Program.
To implement, in conjunction with the Al-Iman school, two complementary programs to expose Jewish and Muslim high school students to one another, train students in dialogue facilitation and conflict resolution, and expose school educators to the pedagogy of interfaith studies and conflict resolution facilitation. Project Directors: Aaron Tapper and Dov Lerea; $67,000 (3 years).
Camp Ramah Darom, Atlanta, GA. Camp Yofi: Family Camp for Jewish Families with Children with Autism.
To fund a family camp that will provide Jewish educational programs, curricula, support, and spiritual nourishment for children with autism, their parents, and their siblings. Project Director: Loren Sykes; $142,300 (3 years).
Central Agency for Jewish Education in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO. Laboratory Communities for Jewish Educator Recruitment and Retention.
To test, assess, and disseminate learnings from four highly promising strategies in four sites across North America to increase educator recruitment, improve educator performance, and enhance the likelihood that talented educators will remain in the field. Project Director: Jeffrey Lasday; $215,065 (3 years).
Kehillat Israel, Pacific Palisades, CA. Menschlekeit Matters.
To develop, implement, and replicate a synagogue-wide Jewish character development program based on the nationally renowned secular program Character Counts. Project Director: Cheryl Weiner; $190,220 (3 years).
Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education at Brandeis University, Waltham, MA. Day School Induction and Retention Program.
To build the ongoing capacity of up to five day schools for induction and retention of new teachers and to create a set of principles and institutional case studies to guide and inform induction and mentoring efforts by other day schools. Project Directors: Sharon Feiman-Nemser, Vivian Troen, and Pearl Mattenson; $150,000 (3 years).
Museum of Jewish Heritage, New York, NY. Living Museum Project.
To expand the Living Museum Project, in which Jewish middle school students learn about their history by uncovering and examining their own family heirlooms. Project Director: Ivy Barsky; $139,530 (3 years).
Storahtelling, New York, NY. StorahLAB.
To disseminate and replicate the Storahtelling model and the Cool Tool for School, instructing participants in transforming Biblical narrative into a dramatic experience in classrooms, sanctuaries, and informal education environments. Project Director: Amichai Lau-Lavie; $169,255 (3 years).