The Covenant Foundation Names 2013 Award Recipients for Excellence in Jewish Education
Source: The Covenant Foundation
Three passionate and perseverant Jewish educators are exemplifying excellence and impact and are the 2013 recipients of The Covenant Award. Howard Blas, Director of the Tikvah Program at Camp Ramah in New England; Judy Finkelstein-Taff, Head of School at the Chicago Jewish Day School; and Zion Ozeri, Founder and Creative Director of The Jewish Lens in New York, were named today by The Covenant Foundation to receive the Award, among the most coveted honors in the field of Jewish education.
The three recipients join 66 other Jewish educators honored with a Covenant Award since the Foundation established the citation in 1991. Each will receive $36,000, and each of their institutions will receive $5,000.
The Foundation and the Jewish community will honor them on October 27, 2013 at a gala dinner and awards ceremony in Chicago.
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.
Judy Finkelstein-Taff, Head of School at the Chicago Jewish Day School (CJDS) since 2004, is a life-long Jewish educator who has worked across a spectrum of educational venues and imbued students, parents, colleagues – and everyone she touches – with a passion for learning, connection and growth that is deep and pervasive.
Zion Ozeri, Founder and Creative Director of The Jewish Lens, combined his longtime occupation as a photographer and documentarian of Jewish life around the world with a new role as Jewish educator, creating a unique blend of experiential and traditional Jewish education pulsating with the promise of 21st century media.
The Covenant Foundation is a program of the Crown Family Foundation and the Jewish Education Service of North America (JESNA).
Read the entire announcement at the Covenant Foundation Website.