Center for Jewish Education Awards Exceptional Educators


The Louise D. & Morton J. Macks Center for Jewish Education held its annual Educator Awards Ceremony and Reception on May 7 at the Park Heights JCC.

“We are blessed to have a community with a wide range of Jewish education options, each with an outstanding faculty,” CEO Amian Frost Kelemer said. “We were pleased to celebrate them on the first evening of national Teacher Appreciation Week.”

CJE winnowed down a list of more than 130 nominees to one each in 13 award categories. Here are the winners: Early Childhood Teaching Excellence Award — Anne Norris of Ohr Chadash Academy; General Studies Award — Cara Parsons of Krieger Schechter Day School; High School Educator Award — Rabbi Yakov Frand of Talmudical Academy; Congregational School Educator Award — Amy Goldberg of Beth El Berman Lipavsky Religious School; Novice Teacher Award — Adriane Brooks of the E.B. Hirsh Early Childhood Center; Ahavat Tzion Award — Shuli Raffel of Krieger Schechter Day School; Inspiring Educator Award — Alexandria Banton of Stoler Early Childhood Center at Rosenbloom JCC; Special Educator Award — Malki Lehrfield of JEWELS Inclusive Preschool; The Samuel Glasner Award — Matthew Adelberg of Jewish Discovery Lab of Beth Am; The Joseph Braver Award for Excellence in Jewish Education — Rabbi Samson Wach of Beth El Berman Lipavsky Religious School; The Rabbi Herbert Birnbaum Award — Carol Sommer of Talmudical Academy; The Lawrence M. Ziffer Award for Excellence in Administration — Brad Cohen of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation; and The Sam Kahan Distinguished Educator-Grinspoon Award for Excellence in Jewish Education — Marcy Snow of Beth Israel Preschool.

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