A month ago, a call went out to the Chabad community to recognize and honor our teachers with Chinuch Awards, an award handed out by the Menachem Education Foundation in Crown Heights.
The response from the community was overwhelming and unanimous: our teachers hold an incredible, inspiring and strong position in our community as they change the lives of those they teach. Hundreds of nominations poured in from around the globe to recognize one woman and one man who are exceptional in the field of Chinuch.
The task of sifting through the nominations and choosing finalists was “incredibly difficult”, says nominations coordinator, Mrs. Chana Rose.
“There were so many dedicated teachers who were nominated and they were all deserving of credit,” Rose continues. In the end, five finalists were chosen from an initial group of twenty semi-finalists. “The narrowed down group were all great teachers, but we feel that the finalists are true legends in their field.”
While some teachers received multiple nominations, nominees were considered by the quality of the submissions, with a committee of expert mechanchos carefully reviewing and vetting each nomination.
The women’s judging panel included: Mrs. C. Altein, Beis Rivka, Crown Heights, Mrs. S. Shapiro, Bnos Menachem, Crown Heights, Mrs. G. Newman, Bais Chaya Mushka, Los Angeles, and Mrs. B. Landa, Bais Chomesh, Toronto.
An impartial team from MEF constructed anonymous profiles of each of the finalists, describing their accomplishments while withholding identifying information, so the judges can vote blindly and choose the eventual winner of the Chinuch award based solely on merit.
With much deliberation, thought and excitement we present to you the five women finalists of the Chinuch Awards, chosen for their ability to bring the Vision for Chabad Schools to life for their students.
1. Morah Henny Bartfield, grade 2, Hebrew Academy of Margate, Florida
2. Morah Chanale Chanin, grade 12, Bnos Chomesh, Crown Heights
3. Morah Miriam Gerber, grades 2/3, Cheder Chabad of Philadelphia
4. Morah Nechama Tauber, grade 5, Lubavitch Educational Center, Florida
5. Morah Baylie Vail, grade 1, Bais Rivka, Crown Heights
1. Morah Chaya Kramer, Bnos Menachem
2. Morah Shulamis Rothman,Yeshiva Schools of Pittsburgh
3. Morah Esther Zeidman, Cheder Lubavitch Morristown
4. Morah Esther Polter, Bnos Menachem
5. Morah Fruma Shapiro, Ohel Chana High School, LA
With just over a week to decide who will be honored with the 5776 Chinuch Award, the judging panel has their work cut out for them. Rose says the judges are “awed by the quality of each finalist” and are ultimately inspired and humbled by the entire awards process.
To learn more about each of the finalists please visit mymef.org/news daily for a more in depth bio. The greater community is invited to join the Chinuch community for a special awards ceremony and Chinuch Banquet honoring Mechanchim on Sunday, July 10th, Daled Tammuz.
Reservations can be made at mymef.org/kinus. For more information, please visit: www.mymef.com/kinus