Rabbi Seltzer’s Pandemic Superheroes: How One Educator Created a Movement of Good Will
Dr. Bernard Steinberg - 2010 Award Recipient
Dr. Bernard Steinberg has served as President and Director of Harvard Hillel since 1993. He is known across the field of Jewish education for an entrepreneurial and expansive vision that has strengthened institutions and enlightened and empowered new generations of Jewish youth to shape the Jewish people, become leaders and improve the world.
Risa Strauss - 2019 Award Recipient
Risa Strauss is Education Director at Beth Shalom Synagogue and Founding Director of Camp Gesher at The Katie and Irwin Kahn Jewish Community Center, in Columbia, South Carolina. At Beth Shalom, Strauss has increased enrollment and reinvigorated the Religious School through enhanced teacher training and meaningful interaction with parents, and worked to develop positive connections with adult learners and the synagogue Board through outreach and creative programming. In 2013, she was recruited her to redevelop the Columbia Jewish Community day camp. Strauss focused on infusing the informal camp experience with Jewish life and learning, with an emphasis on respect, compassion, and tolerance. The camp demographic is only 20% Jewish, but the entire population embraces Strauss’ educational curriculum, which includes Hebrew, Israeli Music, Bible Stories, Israeli Dance, and Shabbat.
Naomi Ackerman - 2018 Award Recipient
Naomi Ackerman is the Founder and Executive Director of The Advot Project in Los Angeles. At Advot, Ackerman began a movement that uses theater and the arts to promote Jewish values to effect social change. A staunch advocate for raising awareness of domestic violence in the Jewish community, Naomi’s Home Shalom healthy relationship workshops and her one-woman show Flowers Aren’t Enough have reached hundreds of thousands around the world.