Jewish Education Project Honors its 2012 Young Pioneers at Columbia

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Alyse Ticker, Development Chair, Deborah Friedman, Executive Vice President, Dorothy Tananbaum, President Board of Directors, Robert Sherman, CEO of the Jewish Education Project at their Celebrate Our Future event on June 4th.              (Photo credit: Jeffrey Holmes Photography)The Jewish Education Project (formerly BJENY-SAJES) held its Celebrate Our Future reception at Columbia University on Monday night where they celebrated their work empowering and inspiring Jewish children and their families in the New York tri-state area to live as engaged members of the Jewish community. In addition, Five “Super Star” educators from the New York area were presented with the inaugural Jewish Education Project Young Pioneers Award for the innovative methods they employ to inspire engagement and learning in their settings.

“We believe in encouraging intrepreneurship – new ideas that come from within an institution – to change the way Jewish children, teens and their families are learning about Jewish life”, says Robert Sherman, CEO of The Jewish Education Project. “When a child says that Congregational learning used to feel like school but now it’s as though he’s going to a friend’s house, I know the programs we provide that impact 200,000 children in 800 partner agencies are moving in the right direction.  However, this is only the beginning. We believe that now is no time to be timid or tentative.  We must continue to find the phenomenal pockets of innovation in Jewish education that need and demand to be leveraged, scaled, and spread.”

Michael Witman (Temple Beth El in Great Neck), Alison Schulman Stamm (Temple Sinai of Roslyn), Jacqueline Marks (The JCC in Manhattan), Yoni Stadlin (Eden Village Camp) and Rivke Pianko (Westchester Hebrew High School) each received a Young Pioneers Award for creating compelling experiences that inspire children.

 “I have seen firsthand that The Jewish Education Project is furthering the message of ‘Educate a child in his/her own way’ (Proverbs 22:6) and I am honored to be part of their vision” stated Rivke Pianko. “Listening to each honoree discuss his or her unique approach reinforced what we know to be true: great things happen when the right resources are available to the right people,” adds Sherman.

About The Jewish Education Project:
Recognized by Slingshot ‘11 -’12 as one of North America’s 50 most innovative Jewish nonprofits, The Jewish Education Project sparks and spreads innovations that expand the reach and increase the impact of Jewish education. The Jewish Education Project is a beneficiary agency of UJA Federation. Visit jewishedproject.org.

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