Robert M. Sherman Young Pioneers Award 2021 Recipients

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Five passionate Jewish Educators. Five remarkable individuals.

View each of their pages linked below which include a narrative, quotes from the recipients (which we've highlighted below) and their colleagues.

Pictures of the recipients of the 2021 Robert M. Sherman Young Pioneers Award

K.M. (DiCo) DiColandrea, Congregation Beth Elohim, Click To Learn More

"I am very humbled to receive this award. I feel grateful that The Jewish Education Project recognizes that Jewish students engaging with the social justice rallying cries of their time is part and parcel of their Jewish learning - or to borrow Rav Kahana’s words, 'This too is Torah.' "

Melissa Hume, Stephen Wise Free Synagogue Early Childhood Center, Click To Learn More

"It is both humbling and empowering to receive this honor. As an educator and life-longer learner, I am so grateful for the opportunity to share the work I passionately believe in with the larger community, and I feel deeply inspired to continue to innovate and grow my practice."

Dammara Kovnats Hall, Rodeph Sholom School, Click To Learn More

"I love sharing Jewish teachings, history and culture. To be celebrated for doing so is truly an honor.  I am humbled to be acknowledged by The Jewish Education Project, an organization that has inspired me and supported my growth with programs that are meaningfully aligned with the Jewish values of chesed, loving connection and tikkun olam, the repair of the world."  

Pamela Schuller, HereNow/The Jewish Board, Click To Learn More

“I am so thankful that The Jewish Education Project is helping to amplify HereNow and through that, the voices of these incredible and courageous teens who are sharing their stories and creating resources around mental health, wellness, and resilience.”  

Avi Siegel, Temple Israel of Great Neck, Click To Learn More

“The Jewish Education Project is not just an organization that services the educational world but invests in educators. Working with The Jewish Education Project has been transformative. I am honored by this award, recognizing not only the work I bring to my community but the personal growth that The Jewish Education Project  has helped me achieve.”