Attention, Young Jewish Educators: Covenant Foundation Introduces New Prize For You

The Covenant Foundation gave their Pomegranate Prize to five outstanding Jewish educators in November of last year. The Covenant Foundation initiated its career in prizedom with the Covenant Award, which has gone to three educators every year since 1991. The difference between the two is that the Covenant goes to lifetime achievers, while the Pomegranate goes toward professionals in the first decade of their careers. As Covenant's board chairman Eli N. Evans explains, they noticed how "the next generation of teachers could not compete with the experience and accomplishments of more seasoned nominees."

The Covenant Award provides $36,000 to recipients with an additional $5,000 to the institution for which they work. The Pomegranate Prize gives a one-shot of $15,000.

In addition to helping "remarkable educators to further develop their skills, [and] fulfill a dream or two," says Pomegranate creator Lester Crown, Covenant also wants to provide younger educators with a "chance to get to know others who, like themselves, are bringing fresh new ideas and abundant energy" to their profession.

An example of a Pomegranate recipient is Anna Hartman. Hartman works at Atlanta, Georgia's Greenfield Hebrew Academy as a director of their Childhood Education Program. She received her degree in 2011 from Emory University's Institute for the Study of Modern Israel, where she co-wrote a paper called "Teaching Israel: A More Effective Strategy," published by Professor Kenneth W. Stein. Hartman also acted as an educational research associate at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

According to The Covenant Foundation's page on nominations, they seek "classroom teachers whose groundbreaking work can serve as a model to the community" for their awards. Evans says that those they look for recipients "do not share one denomination, one pedagogical approach, one teaching venue, or one definition of teaching."