2018 Pomegranate Prize Awarded to 5 Emerging Jewish Educators




Five emerging Jewish educators received the 2018 Covenant Foundation Pomegranate Prize today at the annual Pomegranate Prize ceremony. This year’s cohort includes educators working in myriad settings across the country from Berkeley to Boston, each bringing fresh promise and deep commitment to continually elevating the field of Jewish education.


The 2018 recipients are: Rabbi Adina Allen, Co-Founder and Creative Director of The Jewish Studio Project (JSP) in Berkeley, California, Maiya Chard-Yaron, Executive Director of Texas Hillel in Austin, Texas, Ilana Gleicher-Bloom, Founding Vision Director of Mensch Academy at Mishkan Chicago in Chicago, IL, Oren Kaunfer, Madrich Ruchani (Spiritual Educator/Director of Jewish Life) at JCDS, Boston’s Jewish Community Day School in Watertown, MA and Hannah Kearney, Director of Havayah, The Teen Community at Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley, MA.

The Pomegranate Prize, inaugurated in 2011, is designed to honor rising leaders who have been in the field of Jewish education for up to ten years. By encouraging Prize recipients in their pursuits, and enabling them to accelerate their professional development and amplify their impact on the field, The Covenant Foundation aims to nurture Pomegranate Prize recipients in an intentional way, and empower them to take risks and make a difference in the field of Jewish education.


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Congratulations to very own Rabbi Adina Allen, on this significant achievement. -Open Dor Project
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