North American Grinspoon Awards for Excellence in

Jewish Education

Supported in Pittsburgh by the Barbara and Lester Parker Endowment Fund of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh Foundation, The Harold Grinspoon Foundation and the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.

Sara London

Sara London

2019 GRINSPOON AWARD WINNER
Hillel Academy

2019 GRINSPOON AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN JEWISH EDUCATION

Mazel Tov to Sara London!
Hillel Academy
Middle School Boys & Girls and High School Boys Educator

Ms. London uses literature to help her student to establish a stronger Jewish identity. She accomplishes this by teaching students to think about Jewish concepts and ideas in ways that at first glance do not directly correlate to the standard Judaic curriculum. Ms. London seamlessly integrates Judaic ideas into her lessons allowing her students to explore their Judaism through literature and other non-Judaic topics and subjects. This provides her students with a more complex view of Judaism that is transferable to all aspects of their lives. 

The Grinspoon Award for Excellence in Jewish Education is supported in Pittsburgh by the Barbara and Lester Parker Fund for a Jewish Future of the Jewish Community Foundation, The Harold Grinspoon Foundation, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. This year we are honoring a local educator from a Jewish Day School.

Join Us in Honoring Excellence in Jewish Education at our Grinspoon Award Celebration Event.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 5:00 pm at the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.

Grinspoon Award

Past Pittsburgh Recipients

2018 Grinspoon Award
Sharon Serbin, Adat Shalom Religious School & Dor Hadash Religious School

2017 GRINSPOON AWARD
Ellen Drook, Temple Emanuel Early Childhood Development Center

2016 GRINSPOON AWARD
Jackie Goldblum, Community Day School

2015 GRINSPOON AWARD 
Rabbi Nossin Hoen, Yeshiva Schools

2014 GRINSPOON AWARD
David Harris-Gerson, Community Day School

2013 GRINSPOON AWARD 
Eve Skirboll, JCC Early Childhood Development Center

2012 GRINSPOON AWARD
Steve Kroser, J-SITE

2011 GRINSPOON AWARD
Nancy Glick, Community Day School

2010 GRINSPOON AWARD 
Rachel Pekkar, Preschool at Yeshiva Schools

2008 GRINSPOON AWARD
Barak Naveh, J-SITE and Temple Emanuel

2007 GRINSPOON AWARD 
Susan Loether, Rodef Shalom Religious School
Myriam Gumerman, Beth Shalom Preschool
Miriam Altman, Community Day School

2006 GRINSPOON AWARD
Harold Marcus, Temple Sinai Religious School
Devorah Kohanbash, Hillel Academy Preschool
Nechama Itkin, Yeshiva Schools

2005 GRINSPOON AWARD 
Jackie Jonas, Rodef Shalom Religious School
Michelle Mark, Beth Shalom Preschool
Rabbi Eli Rothman, Yeshiva Schools

2004 GRINSPOON AWARD 
Susan Finder, Beth El Religious School
Lea Szklinski, Beth Shalom Preschool
Esther Pfeffer, Hillel Academy

2003 GRINSPOON AWARD
Janice Keilly, Temple Emanuel Torah Center
Ilene Ruttenberg, Jewish Community Center Early Childhood Department

2002 GRINSPOON AWARD 
Rivky Herman, Yeshiva Schools
Nira Lion, School of Advanced Jewish Studies and Jewish Education Institute

2001 GRINSPOON AWARD
Zipporah Mazer, Community Day School

2000 GRINSPOON AWARD
Tsiona Blitstein, Beth Shalom Religious School and Jewish Teacher Resource Center

The Grinspoon Awards for Excellence in Jewish Education is designed to recognize, honor and support outstanding Jewish educators in day schools, part-time religious schools, and early childhood centers, these national awards are presented to professionals in up to 80 communities across North America. Locally, the Grinspoon Award for Excellence in Jewish Education is supported in Pittsburgh by the Barbara and Lester Parker Endowment Fund of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh Foundation, The Harold Grinspoon Foundation and the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.

Carolyn Linder

Carolyn Linder

Senior Manager
Jewish Life & Learning

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