Mar 21, 2017
The Jewish Education Project

Announcing the Young Pioneers Award 2017 Recipients

The Jewish Education Project Announces Young Pioneers Award 2017 Recipients

NEW YORK, NY — The Jewish Education Project is proud to announce the newest cohort of five New York City-based educators to be recognized through the organization’s Young Pioneers Award.

Recipients of the award are chosen based on their demonstrated initiative to motivate colleagues and lay leaders to embrace exciting new ideas that better engage children and families through Jewish education. This year’s recipients include:

Sara Duani, Yeshiva Har Torah
Eliana Light, Park Avenue Synagogue
Adam Metzger, JCC Manhattan
Andrew Paull, BBYO
Rabbi Mara Young, Woodlands Community Temple

For the first time in the award’s history, The Jewish Education Project is releasing five short digital videos celebrating each of these Young Pioneers Award recipients, featuring a unique behind-the-scenes look at their classrooms, synagogues and other diverse educational settings.

Recipients of the 6th Annual Young Pioneers Award will be celebrated at The Jewish Education Project’s annual benefit event on Wednesday, May 17th at 6:30 pm, at Convene in New York City. This year’s event honors Alisa R. Doctoroff and Tara Slone-Goldstein, two extraordinary lay leaders who have lent their passion and commitment to supporting the Jewish community, the Jewish people and Jewish education.

Whether through teen rock bands, immersive Hebrew language experiences or entrepreneurial work within organizations like BBYO, recipients of the Young Pioneers Award – now numbering 30 educators since the award’s inception in 2012 – have created innovative Jewish learning experiences in their classrooms and institutions to inspire their communities in creative new ways.

“We are always so impressed and inspired by all the educators nominated for the Young Pioneers Award,” says Robert Sherman, CEO of The Jewish Education Project. “This year, we hope the addition of a video engagement strategy will broaden the influence of these innovative Jewish educators, and will inspire others to follow their lead, creating meaningful experiences that can change the lives of children, teens and families.”

Learn More about the Young Pioneers Awards >>


About The Jewish Education Project:
Today’s young people have more freedom to explore their identity and the world around them than ever before. The Jewish Education Project inspires educators, clergy, principals and lay leaders with new ideas, skills and invaluable networks. Our goal is to lead our children and families to be their best selves, feel more connected to Jewish community and make the world a better place. Our organization is nationally renowned for our leadership training, creative educational experiences and expertise in relationship building. The Jewish Education Project’s impact can be seen through 800 educational programs in New York City, Westchester and Long Island, engaging over 160,000 Jewish children, teens and families of all backgrounds. The Jewish Education Project is a proud partner of UJA-Federation of New York. Learn more at

Media Contact: Adam Soclof,, 646.472.5329

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