" Clearly, there are the lessons that are in our textbooks, like algebra, chemistry and Spanish. But at RZJHS, we also learned essential midot, or values, such as diligence and morality, that you can’t find in a textbook."
We are thrilled to inform you that our very own Dr. Rebecca Schorsch has been named one of this year’s three recipients of the prestigious Covenant Award for excellence in Jewish Education, joining 69 other Jewish educators who have been honored with the award since it was established by the Covenant Foundation in 1991.
“Every day I feel blessed to do what I love, something at once meaningful and critical to building the world that we wish to inhabit,” Dr. Schorsch said. “I am grateful to Covenant for honoring my work and, more importantly, for valuing the significance of Jewish education.
“This award depends upon the deep support of family and friends, students, colleagues and community, who nourish me, encourage me, challenge me, and work devotedly to teach and embody Torah. I am excited to join a national cohort of committed and excellent Jewish educators who will further stimulate my thinking and support my work in the field.”
A member of the CJHS faculty since 2003, Dr. Schorsch was appointed Director of Jewish Studies three years ago and oversaw the merger of the school’s Bible, Talmud and Jewish Thought departments into a unified and integrated department of Jewish studies under her leadership.
But Dr. Schorsch remains, first and foremost, a teacher at heart.
“The relationships Rebecca forges, and her own personal example, are at the core of her approach and her success,” wrote Tony Frank, CJHS Head of School, in her nomination letter. “Her warmth, caring and respect for others are the currency she uses to engage students and colleagues alike… Rebecca’s influence is so often experienced not merely as profound, but as transformative.”
The Covenant Foundation, a program of the Crown Family Philanthropies, and the Jewish community will honor Dr. Schorsch and her two fellow recipients — Alison Kur, Executive Director of Jewish Living at Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley, and Rabbi Yisroel Boruch Sufrin, Head of School at Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy in Beverly Hills, CA – at an awards dinner in Washington, DC on Nov. 9, during the General Assembly of The Jewish Federations of North America. Additional information about the Covenant Award and its recipients, including Dr. Schorsch, can be found at www.covenantfn.org.
We are so proud to have Dr. Schorsch as part of our community, enriching the minds and lives of students, colleagues, parents and so many others in our community. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Schorsch for her extraordinary achievement!