Director of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion's
New York School of Education
awarded $25,000 prize
Jo Kay, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion's Director of the School of Education in New York, is one of three recipients of a 2001 Covenant Award for outstanding Jewish educators in North America. The prestigious award carries a $20,000 prize with an additional $5,000 for the award recipient's institution.
Kay was selected from more than 100 Jewish educators, who were nominated by colleagues and lay leaders. According to the foundation, Kay "has modeled Jewish education's finest practices."
Under Kay's direction, HUC-JIR's School of Education in New York has widely expanded its program in the past several years. The School offers two master's degrees as well as a Continuing Education Program for Jewish educators, which is scheduled to begin in the 2002 academic year.
As the Reform Movement grows in new directions, Kay is developing the School of Education's mission to meet the new needs, professional standards and increased demands for professional Jewish educators. A renowned and dedicated faculty guide students through the program, and individual faculty members mentor students during hands-on internships. Students also have access to HUC-JIR's library resources, music archives and the Educational Resource Center, as well as the College-Institute's education partners, such as New York University and other colleges of education and communal agencies in the New York area.
Before joining HUC-JIR, Kay was the Religious School Director at Congregation Rodeph Sholom in New York and made major contributions to family education and educational leadership while she worked with the Whizin Institute for Jewish Family Life in Los Angeles.
"We are grateful to these exceptional Jewish educators for their talent and dedication to the Jewish people," said Susan Crown, president of the Arie Crown Memorials and a member of the Covenant Foundation Board of Director. "Their leadership is a gift to us all."
The award recipients will be honored for their contributions to Jewish education at a ceremony and luncheon to be held at the General Assembly of the United Jewish Communities on November 12 in Washington, DC.