Through the Covenant Awards, the Pomegranate Prize, and the Covenant Grant programs, the Foundation strives to define Jewish education in its broadest possible terms and support imaginative and inspired approaches to Jewish learning. Award recipients and grantees span Jewish denominations, geographic regions, and educational settings.
We are delighted to have the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of three outstanding Jewish educators, and you—an amazing network of teachers, clergy, philanthropists, lay leaders, administrators, and friends. For more information about the Foundation, including Grant application and Award nomination guidelines, please visit our website at www.covenantfn.org.
“By stimulating the hearts and minds of learners of all ages, educators make an essential contribution to Jewish vitality. The Covenant Awards celebrate that contribution by publicly recognizing the work of three outstanding educators each year.”
Barbara Goodman Manilow
Oren Kaunfer, Natan Kuchar, Alicia Jo Rabins, & Karina Zilberman
Cheryl R. Finkel
Jordan Goodman, Keating Crown, & Steven Crown
The 2020 Covenant Award Recipients
Three short films by Ilana Trachtman
Maxine Segal Handelman
Nominated by Rabbi Michael S. Siegel
Russel M. Neiss
Nominated by Rabbi Charlie Schwartz
Nominated by Dr. Tamara Mann Tweel
Danielle Rudas Goodman
Koolulam and the Covenant Family
Please join us for a concert with Koolulam immediately following the Awards celebration.
Marla Bennett, z”l, a native of San Diego, graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2000. A friend of this year’s Covenant Award recipients Amanda Pogany and Russel Neiss, Marla was pursuing a master’s degree in Judaic Studies in Jerusalem when she was killed on July 31, 2002, in a terrorist attack at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Inspired by her love of Jewish learning, Israel, and Jewish life, Marla’s friends and family established the Marla Bennett (z”l) Fellowship Fund in 2009. The Marla Bennett Fellowship is given to one U.C. Berkeley student each year. Fellows spend the summer advancing their Jewish learning and developing their relationship with Israel while studying at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. During their time abroad, Fellows learn about Marla from her faculty and friends in Israel. Each year, the Fellow completes a short biography, personal statement, and journal entries that are placed into a binder as an ongoing legacy of Marla Bennett. Upon returning to U.C. Berkeley, each fellow plans a day of Jewish learning for the whole community in Marla’s memory.
The Marla Bennett (z”l) Fellowship Fund has enabled Berkeley Hillel to send 11 students to study in Israel in Marla’s memory. In the coming years, Berkeley Hillel hopes to bring together all the Fellows for a day of reflection, celebration, and learning.
Learn more about the Fellowship Fund at berkeleyhillel.org/marlabennett.