Maxine Segal Handelman, Russel M. Neiss, and Amanda Pogany Receive the 2020 Covenant Award at Virtual Celebration on Sunday
Gitta Jaroslawicz-Neufeld - 2012 Award Recipient
Gitta Jaroslawicz-Neufeld, Director of Education at Allegra Franco School of Educational Leadership in Brooklyn for the past seven years, has leveraged the power of Jewish education to redefine students’ lives, ensure community continuity and tradition, and affect social structures.
Maxine Segal Handelman - 2020 Award Recipient
Maxine Segal Handelman is the Director of Family Life & Learning at Anshe Emet Synagogue in Chicago, Illinois. At Anshe Emet, “Max” Handelman works with the Educational Steering Committee to strengthen the educational experience for all children in the synagogue community, and leads Tot Shabbat, monthly Kabbalat Shabbat services and dinners, and family services. She also oversees High Holiday youth programming and leads the Young Family High Holiday services for several hundred people each year. Handelman also supervises youth family service leaders and trains a pipeline of teens to lead youth tefillah experiences. In partnership with the clergy and educators at Anshe Emet, Handelman created and now implements Family Education Days for Anshe Emet families, between 300 and 400 people in total.
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 over 140 students in grades 1 to 8 in the fall of 2018. 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.