April 2019 -- Adar II - Nisan 5779,  Volume 25, Issue 4

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Rabbi Maura Linzer of Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester Receives The Jewish Education Project’s Young Pioneers Award

The Jewish Education Project has announced that Rabbi Maura Linzer is one of five exceptional and highly innovative Jewish educators who will receive the 8th annual The Jewish Education Project Young Pioneers Award. This innovative educator is pushing the boundaries of Jewish learning experiences to inspire children and teens in new ways by collaborating with students, teachers, and families, to create a learning environment that spurs passion for Jewish life and culture.


In recognition of their innovative approaches to Jewish education, Rabbi Linzer,  along with Rena Allen, Director of Development Learning and Special Education at Central Synagogue and Inclusion Specialist at Temple Israel of the City of New York; Ora Bayewitz-Meier, Teacher and Chesed Coordinator at SAR High School; Rachel Figurasmith, Senior Educator at Repair The World; Rabbi Maura Linzer, Associate Rabbi-Educator at Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester; Rebecca Schoffer, Director of Jewish Family Engagement at the 92nd Street Y, will be recognized at The Jewish Education Project Benefit on April 11, 2019, held at The Altman Building in New York City at 6:45pm. The Benefit will also honor also honor Robert Sherman, CEO of The Jewish Education Project for his visionary and compassionate leadership. John Ruskay and Alisa Rubin Kurshan, retired UJA-Federation of New York executives, will receive special recognition for guiding The Jewish Education Project on its journey in partnership with UJA-Federation of New York.


“The Young Pioneers Award recipients represent the best of Jewish education. They are creative, innovative and bold,” says Robert Sherman, CEO of The Jewish Education Project. “These five educators are dedicated to creating new ways to infuse Jewish education and Jewish life with meaning and vitality for learners of all ages and Jewish backgrounds.”


The award recipients will receive a $360 professional development stipend and will be publicly recognized at the Benefit.


“Being named a Young Pioneers Award recipient encourages me to continue to inspire and innovate in the field of Jewish education.  This award acknowledges the significant influence that an engaging and inclusive supplemental school can have on the lives of Jewish youth and teens,” Rabbi Linzer said.


“Rabbi Maura Linzer embodies each of the qualities highlighted in the Young Pioneers Award.  Within a short period of time, she has transformed what had been a staid program into an interactive, creative and collaborative one in which our students look forward to entering our building,” said Rabbi Jonathan Jaffe, Senior Rabbi for Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester. “Rabbi Linzer brings her unique blend of wit, thoughtfulness, humor and care to all that she does.  She has also succeeded in engaging members of our congregation as lay leaders and partners in building Temple Beth El into a place in which our students always feel welcome.  She is admired and appreciated by our teachers, parents, students and perhaps most of all, colleagues.  We are so fortunate to have her as a member of our team.”


The Jewish Education Project inspires and empowers educators to create transformative Jewish experiences, helping children, teens, and families thrive in today’s highly complex and challenging world. Nationally renowned for its leadership training and professional development, The Jewish Education Project works directly with thousands of educators from more than 500 Jewish schools, congregations and nonprofit ventures. Together, their  work impacts the lives of more than 160,000 Jewish children and families of all backgrounds, in metropolitan New York and throughout North America.


To learn more about the Young Pioneers Award or The Jewish Education Project’s other initiatives visit JewishEdProject.org.