Marion B. Steeg-Harold Grinspoon Award for Excellence in Jewish Education

Do you know an outstanding educator?  Someone who meaningfully imparts the treasures of Jewish life and Judaism? Nominations are now being accepted for the Marion B. Steeg-Henry Grinspoon Award for Excellence in Jewish Education. 

This award highlights the value of Jewish education in its many varieties in our community not limited to specific institutions or classroom teaching. In addition to classroom teachers, song leaders, camp educators, independent Jewish educators, and tutors are also eligible for the Steeg-Grinspoon Award.

The only requirement is that a nominated educator must be involved with a group of Jewish students and/or Jewish learning community on a regular basis, meaningfully imparting the treasures of Jewish life.

Anyone can nominate an educator and the one-page nomination form can be accessed here for download​. Please see an online submission form below. Either is acceptable for use.


Once nominations are received each nominated educator is contacted to let them know they have been nominated and for them to complete a form with additional information illustrating their teaching methods, strategies, and why they do what they do.


The award is presented at a reception hosted by Robert and Pamela Steeg, and the award is named in honor of Robert’s mother, a former educator.  The awardee will receive a plaque from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, listing on the Harold Grinspoon Foundation website, an invitation to participate in an online community of practice, and $1,000 towards future educational enrichment. 


Since 1991, the Harold Grinspoon Foundation has invested more than $200 million in programs that make Jewish life and Jewish community more vibrant and more connected.  They are a major contributor to the PJ Library and PJ Our Way programs. 


For more information, please click here to print the Steeg-Grinspoon Award flyer, or contact Michelle Neal at 504-780-5604. The deadline to submit a nomination is February 28, 2018.


Our local award winner will receive:

•    $1,000 towards future educational enrichment
•    Local award ceremony
•    Plaque from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation
•    Local and national publicity and acknowledgment, in print and online
•    Listing on the Harold Grinspoon Foundation website
•    An invitation to participate in an online community of practice


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