Awards

 

Grinspoon Award

The Grinspoon Awards (formerly Grinspoon-Steinhardt Awards) have recognized over 700 outstanding educators in the U.S. and Canada in the past 15 years. Today the award celebrates successful innovation in Jewish education.

Basic eligibility criteria for all candidates are:

  • Currently employed as teacher in a Chicagoland Jewish supplementary school setting 
  • Nomination must come from both a professional and lay leader of the school (please use the same form)
  • Nomination forms must be completed by December 22, 2017

Nominations are now open; please click here for the form. For more information contact Scott Aaron, Executive Director of CFJE, at  scottaaron@juf.org.

Pinsky Award

Each year, the Sue Pinsky Award for Excellence in Jewish Education recognizes an outstanding early childhood teachers who go above and beyond his/her job expectations to positively impact the Jewish life and identity of children, families, and the school itself. Sue herself has encapsulated the vision of what a recipient of this award, established and endowed in her honor by her children Mark and Lisa, embodies:

“My hope is that this award will be a way to recognize dynamic Jewish teachers who serve as an inspiration for the next generation (of teachers). It’s those small tastes of Judaism in preschools… (or) in congregational programs – those little sparks that come out of an innovative teacher saying something to a child – these are the things that can turn into a lifelong love of learning and Judaism.”

Basic eligibility criteria for all candidates are:

  • Currently employed as a lead teacher in a JUF Right Start-approved early childhood program
  • Minimum 5 years working in the nominating institution in a lead teacher capacity
  • Nomination must come from both a professional and lay leader of the school (please use the same form)
  • Nominations are due on December 22, 2017
              

Nominations are now open; please click here for the form. For more information contact Anna Hartman, Director of Early Childhood Excellence, at annahartman@juf.org.

                                                 

Past Award Winners

2017

The 2017 Pinsky Award was granted to Margie Pines and the Grinspoon Award to Andrea Raskin.  Read more. 

Pines-Raskin

Margie Pines (left) and Andrea Raskin (right)

2016

The 2016 Pinsky Award was granted to Claudine Guralnick and the Grinspoon Award to Buddy Schreiber. Read more.

2015

The 2015 Pinsky Award was granted to Cynthia Hoefler. Read more.


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