Want to Engage? Join a Club. (Reflections on Civil Discourse and Civic Engagement, from Eric Liu)
Covenant in Action
A Summer of Tikkun Olam
At the Shefa School, Making Firsts
Meredith Englander Polsky - 2017 Award Recipient
Meredith Englander Polsky is the National Director of Institutes and Training at Matan in New York, and Developmental Support Coordinator at Temple Beth Ami Nursery School in Rockville, MD. The Matan Institute has created systemic change by educating over 1,000 school directors and teachers on inclusion practices in various educational settings. At the Temple Beth Ami Nursery School, Polsky ensures that every family and every child, regardless of developmental need, find a place where they are welcomed and educated according to their way.
Rabbi Benay Lappe - 2016 Award Recipient
Rabbi Benay Lappe, founder of Chicago’s SVARA: A Traditionally Radical Yeshiva, accepted the award from James Crown. At SVARA, Rabbi Lappe has established a learning environment where students represent the full spectrum of Jewish life and diversity. Under her leadership, enrollment at SVARA has risen from eight students in its first year, to 600 students studying in SVARA’s Beit Midrash today. Rabbi Lappe is also Senior Fellow and Director of Education at the Institute for the Next Jewish Future in Chicago, where she oversees the faculty and staff Beit Midrash and participates in its Judaism Unbound podcasts.
Rabbi Eve Ben-Ora - 2011 Award Recipient
Rabbi Eve Ben-Ora, Jewish Educator at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco (JCCSF) for the last five years, and Director of Jewish Education at the Jewish Community Center of Houston for ten years before that, has worked to instill formal and informal Jewish education as a living, thriving and accessible piece of the organizational landscape and has made the JCCSF the Jewish address for a pluralistic, diverse community.