Making Space for Jewish Family Life at Ohr Lanu

Great education runs in the family. For this month's Sight Line, we asked Director of Ramah Ojai's Tikvah Program Elana Naftalin-Kelman, fe...

Who Can Be This Child’s Friend? A Thriving Model of Inclusion a...

Throughout the country, Jewish day schools have struggled with the question of how to incorporate children who have learning differences, ra...


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.

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.

Howard Blas - 2013 Award Recipient

Howard Blas, Director of the Tikvah Program at Camp Ramah in New England, is driven by a passion for inclusive community - one that embraces and offers Jewish educational opportunity and growth to all, including those with developmental disabilities and their families.