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Robert M. Sherman Young Pioneers Award

Awards to New York Educators in Eligible Locations
to Recognize Excellence in Jewish Education

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The Jewish Education Project

Deadline Date:

01/15/21 12:00 PM EST


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Awards of $1,000 to New York educators in eligible locations to recognize creativity and excellence in Jewish education. Nominations are welcome for individuals who work with children, youth, and families in formal, informal, in-person, and online settings. Eligible nominees work in New York City, Westchester County, or Long Island.

The Jewish Education Project Robert M. Sherman Young Pioneers Award celebrates forward-thinking and innovative educators, age 40 and under, who demonstrate a personal and professional commitment to new ideas, and proven use of technology or other innovative approaches to inspire children, teens, and families. 

This year, the award is celebrating those who have gone above and beyond for their communities during these challenging times, such as an educator who has used digital tools to reimagine their curricula, inspired youth to take action to promote racial justice in their community, or helped a child navigate mental health challenges.

Recipients will be chosen based on the following:  

  • Demonstration of exceptional service to students and their school community during the COVID-19 pandemic  
  • Alignment with The Jewish Education Project's mission to inspire and empower educators to create transformative Jewish experiences   
  • History of involvement in The Jewish Education Project’s professional development programs   

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184919

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Recipients and their organizations will receive:
- $1,000 Professional Development stipend for the award recipient
- Special opportunities to connect with other innovative Jewish educators throughout the year
- Public recognition at The Jewish Education Project Virtual Benefit and in promotional materials (Recipients will be featured in video profiles that will be shown at The Jewish Education Project Virtual Benefit and on social media platforms)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nominee must:
- Work with children, teens (age 18 or under), or families in a Jewish educational context, including but not limited to: Early Childhood Education, Teen Engagement, Congregational / Complementary Learning, Day Schools, Family Engagement, Jewish Camp, Online Learning Environments
- Work in New York City (all 5 boroughs), Westchester County or Long Island
- Be age 40 or below on/before March 22, 2021
- Be nominated by a supervisor, colleague or other professional contact
- Be available to attend The Jewish Education Project's Virtual Benefit on March 22, 2021
- Not have been employed by The Jewish Education Project as an employee since November 2019
- A minimum of 2 years of experience working in Jewish education in either a part time or full time capacity

Pre-Application Information:

- All Nominees must submit their applications by Friday, January 15th, 2021 at 12 PM ET. Submit your nominations early to ensure nominees have ample time to work on their application materials.
- Candidate applications will be reviewed by The Jewish Education Project staff and lay leaders in January 2021
- Candidates will be notified of their application status in January 2021
- This year, all nominees will be recognized at The Jewish Education Project’s Annual Benefit on March 22, 2021.

Nominators can only nominate one candidate. Institutions can nominate one candidate per educational division. Family members (parents, spouses, siblings, children, aunts/uncles, cousins, etc.) cannot serve as nominators

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online nomination form:

If you have any questions please contact Gabriel Weinstein at

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City: All 5 boroughs;   New York: Westchester County and Long Island

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