Young Pioneers Award 2020 Recipients

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Five passionate Jewish Educators. Five remarkable individuals.

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

Recipients of the 2020 Robert M. Sherman Young Pioneers Award

Lauren Belferder, Temple Sinai of Roslyn, Click To Learn More

"Knowing that together we are strengthening the Jewish community through positive relationships, creative programming and innovative ideas is what motivates and inspires me."

Carly Namdar, Hebrew Academy of Long Beach , Click To Learn More

“I am truly grateful, honored and humbled to be receiving The Jewish Education Project’s Robert M. Sherman Young Pioneers Award ... I feel blessed to be able to contribute to this important work, and inspired to continue to promote thriving and flourishing within the Jewish educational community.”

Dina Newman, Congregation Rodeph Sholom, Click To Learn More 

“The fact that the Jewish Education world acknowledges innovation and creativity in this way means to me that we’ve come a long way from the stale Religious School experience so many of our parents had and are truly making an important shift in what it will mean for a new generation to be Jewish."

Phreddy Nosanwisch, Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale, Click To Learn More

"I want to share the honor with my students who inspire so much of my curriculum and bravely manifest it, and my teachers who continue to model for me how a pedagogy of love is the best blueprint for building knowledge and making positive change.”

Jonathan Shmidt Chapman, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, Click To Learn More 

"This recognition acknowledges the power that the arts can have in Jewish education and family engagement. This award encourages me to pursue my mission to introduce Jewish tradition to very young children through the power of theater.”