JESNA (Jewish Education Service of North America) has announced the winners of the Grinspoon-Steinhardt Awards for Excellence in Jewish Education. Leah Boonin is the recipient of the 2010 Grinspoon-Steinhardt Award from Boulder.
Leah is well-known in the local community as a teacher and as co-founder of Keitanat Har HaShem Summer Camp, a Jewish day camp at Congregation Har HaShem. She is also a multiple-time winner of the Chidush Award, with winning lesson plans included in the Chidush virtual lesson plan library and teacher resource section at HaSifria, Boulder’s Jewish library at the BJCC. Leah remarked:
I am honored get this award, and take it is a national recognition of the amazing Jewish education community in Boulder. I feel so fortunate to be able to work with my inspiring colleagues and I am deeply grateful to the families that share their wonderful children with me.”
From the JTA:
The Harold Grinspoon Foundation started giving out the awards in Western Massachusetts in 1993 to honor excellent teachers. Michael Steinhardt was enlisted to expand the program to the rest of the country in 2000. Local communities select an annual winner. Grinspoon and Steinhardt give the winners a $1,000 stipend for professional development, and the local communities contribute a $1,000 cash prize.”
Since 2009, 18 Pomegranates has sponsored a Grinspoon-Steinhardt winner from Boulder, Colorado. In 2009, Para Rabbi Hanalei Laner was the first Boulder educator to receive the Grinspoon–Steinhardt Award for Excellence. Leah will be honored at the Chidush program on November 14, 2010.