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The Jewish Education Project Announces 2022 Young Pioneers Award Recipients

Portraits of people (2022 Young Pioneers Award Recipients)

NEW YORK - The Jewish Education Project has announced the 2022 recipients of the organization’s Robert M. Sherman Young Pioneers Award. This year’s five award recipients are being recognized for their innovative work in early childhood education, Jewish arts programming, LGBTQ teen empowerment, family education, and social emotional learning in greater New York. The recipients of this year’s Robert M. Sherman Young Pioneers Award are:

“This year’s group of Young Pioneers Award recipients are incredible educators who are reimagining what is possible in Jewish education in the 21st century,” said David Bryfman, CEO of The Jewish Education Project. “They see possibility and opportunity in every challenge and obstacle they encounter. The Jewish Education Project is so proud to recognize these educators for their incredible effort, dedication, and creativity.”

The award recipients will each receive a $1,000 professional development stipend. This is the 11th group of educators from greater New York City to receive the award. Learn more about this year's recipients in this video.

“I am beyond grateful to the Jewish Education Project for recognizing the importance of educating our youngest community members. Thank you for holding up my contributions as k’dushah, holy and intentional work in this field,” said Emily Hausman.

“Every day I strive to bring my best possible self to my school and make sure our children know that they are supported. By being recognized for this award, it certainly feels like I’m reaching that goal. I am incredibly grateful,” said Jessica Cohen.

The Young Pioneers Award is named for Robert M. Sherman, the CEO of The Jewish Education Project from 2007 until July 2019. Since 2012, the Robert M. Sherman Young Pioneers Award has recognized 55 Jewish educators from greater New York that push the boundaries in Jewish education. Recipients work in Jewish educational spaces ranging from traditional school settings to camps, seminaries, and private foundations.


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