Grinspoon Award for Excellence in Jewish Education
Since 2018, the Jewish community in greater Indianapolis has honored an excellent Jewish educator through the Grinspoon Award for Excellence in Jewish Education. This national program recognizes outstanding individuals who are making a difference in communities throughout North America through their work in the field of Jewish education. Since the program’s start in 2000, hundreds of Jewish educators in a variety of Jewish educational settings have been celebrated for their exceptional teaching. The Indianapolis Jewish community is pleased that we are continuing to participate in this prestigious program and that our community’s finest teachers will be among those recognized on a national level.
Each Jewish educational organization that is part of the JEdI (Jewish Educators of Indy) Council is encouraged to nominate an educator. The head of school or program director in each organization will oversee the nomination process. In order to be eligible to be nominated, a candidate must currently be serving in a Jewish educational role in the greater Indianapolis Jewish community. Eligible Jewish educational settings include preschools, community school programs, congregational supplementary schools, day schools, youth groups, Jewish camps, adult education, and any educational setting supported by organizations represented within the JEdI Council.
In order to nominate a candidate, the organization’s educational leader must submit a nomination form by 3 pm on Friday, March 29. In addition to the nomination form, organizations can submit up to two letters of support from those who have been directly impacted by the educator, including parents, students, and colleagues. Both the application and letters of support should be sent to the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis, Attn: Nina Price, 6705 Hoover Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46260 or sent electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org.
From among all nominees up to five finalists will be selected by Friday, April 12. Finalists will be asked to submit a lesson plan or statement demonstrating the innovative ways in which they teach no later than Wednesday, May 1. The winner of this year’s award will be announced at the JFGI Annual Meeting on Wednesday, June 5, and further honored at a community Tikkun Leil Shavuot celebration on Saturday, June 8.
Since the 2019 Grinspoon Award for Excellence in Jewish Education winner will be honored as part of our community’s Shavuot celebration, we are seeking nominees who excel in innovative ways of bringing Torah and Jewish stories to life. Other characteristics upon which the selection committee will be basing their decision include:
Commitment to one’s own professional Jewish educational development
Support and strengthening of meaningful Jewish identity for students
Positive rapport with students
Use of a variety of resources and teaching modalities to enrich lessons
Jewish values in teaching and interactions
Collaboration and good communication with students, parents, administrators, and other teachers
Demonstrated commitment to the Indianapolis Jewish community.
The winner will receive a monetary award of $1000 and up to an additional $500 toward qualified future professional development. Thank you in advance for taking the time to nominate an exemplary educator from your organization and support our community’s efforts to strengthen Jewish education by honoring and promoting excellence in teaching.