The Responsibility of Our Freedom
Sight Line Volume XIII: The Covenant Classroom
Reflections on Civil Discourse and Civic Engagement, on President’s Day
Peter Geffen - 2012 Award Recipient
Peter Geffen, Founder of KIVUNIM and The Abraham Joshua Heschel School in New York, has devoted his career in Jewish education to elevating Jewish identities informed and driven by social justice, creating educational models in which knowledge of Jewish communities around the world propels individual and collective growth and community building for next generations.
Dr. Sandra Ostrowicz Lilienthal - 2015 Award Recipient
Dr. Sandra Ostrowicz Lilienthal, Curriculum Developer and Instructor at The Rose and Jack Orloff Central Agency for Jewish Education of Broward County (Orloff CAJE) in Davie, FL, attaches an uncommon passion and approach to adult Jewish education and in the process is equipping and empowering students to create and deepen their Jewish identities.
Ilana Ruskay-Kidd - 2016 Award Recipient
Ilana Ruskay-Kidd is the Founder and Head of School at The Shefa School in New York, a pluralistic Jewish day school that provides a Jewish environment for children with language-based learning challenges. Under her leadership, Shefa has grown exponentially in its short life, enrolling 24 students in grades 2 to 5 in its first academic year and surging to 80 students in grades 1 to 7 in the fall of 2016. With the founding of Shefa, Ruskay-Kidd has emerged as an advocate for Jewish day schools to more effectively recognize and support children with learning challenges. In the last year, she has convened over 150 professionals from more than 40 Jewish day schools in an effort to change the communal conversation on serving this population of students and their families.