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The Jewish Education Project Celebrates Five Young Pioneers

2012 Young Pioneers Award Honorees include educators from the JCC in Manhattan, Temple Beth-El of Great Neck, Eden Village Camp, Temple Sinai of Roslyn and Westchester Hebrew High School.

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NEW YORK, May 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Jewish Education Project (formerly BJENY-SAJES), is pleased to announce five "Super Star" educators have been selected from the New York area to receive its inaugural Young Pioneers Award.

Michael Witman (Temple Beth El in Great Neck), Alison Schulman Stamm (Temple Sinai of Roslyn), Jacqueline Marks (The JCC in Manhattan), Yoni Stadlin (Eden Village Camp) and Rivke Pianko (Westchester Hebrew High School) will receive the inaugural Young Pioneers Award at The Celebrate Our Future Cocktail reception on June 4. The award is given for designing and implementing innovative educational approaches that inspire students and families to live as actively engaged members of the Jewish community.

"Our initiatives touch 200,000 children in 800 partner programs around New York, says Robert Sherman, CEO of The Jewish Education Project. "The Young Pioneers Award showcases how Jewish educators, under 36 years old, are creating compelling new experiences that increase the impact and expand the reach of Jewish education. I am inspired by these creative individuals and by the work they do every day."

Honorees will receive a $360 Professional Development Stipend, be recognized at the Celebrate Our Future Cocktail Reception, and receive tickets to the 3rd Jewish Futures Conference, a project of The Jewish Education Project and JESNA's Lippman Kanfer Institute, with funding from UJA-Federation of New York.

"We are thrilled to be recognized by The Jewish Education Project and congratulate Michael Witman for receiving the Young Pioneers Award," says Rabbi Meir and Tara Feldman, Senior Rabbis at Temple Beth El. "Michael has created a new model of learning and redefined the Religious School experience through relationships, technology, family participation and joy."

About The Jewish Education Project:
The Jewish Education Project (formerly BJENY-SAJES) sparks and spreads innovations that expand the reach and increase the impact of Jewish education.  We empower the next generation of Jews in Westchester, New York City and Long Island to live as active engaged members of the Jewish community. We are proud to have been selected by Slingshot '11 –'12 as one of North America's 50 most innovative Jewish nonprofit agencies. The Jewish Education Project is a beneficiary agency of UJA Federation.

SOURCE The Jewish Education Project

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