The University of Hartford's Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies presented 40 students and teachers with awards in the largest, single ceremony ever held at the University of Hartford. At the ceremony, which is part of the Greenberg Center’s ongoing 25th anniversary year, more than $40,000 in scholarship awards were made to meritorious students and teachers in the region for summer and year-long studies at the University of Hartford.
Three highly deserving middle school and high school teachers received Holocaust Educators Awards; 12 students from area elementary and middle schools received Fishman Family Essay Contest Awards in American Jewish History; six University of Hartford Fishman Scholars in American Jewish History were named; and eight students received named summer Israel Study Abroad Scholarships from the Greenberg Center. In addition, the Grae Prize in Archaeology and the Jerome Caplan Scholar, the Greenberg Center’s highest academic award, were named at the ceremony, which was held on Thursday evening, May 3.
The ceremony featured the local middle and high school teachers speaking about their innovative curricula on the Holocaust and the winning elementary and middle school essays were viewed throughout the evening on a power-point. A new exhibition in the Singer Family Gallery of the Museum of Jewish Civilization, “Veiled Women: Jewish, Christian and Muslim Women in Israel,” was also open for viewing during the evening.
The Holocaust Educator awards are named the Korzenik and Joseph Zola Holocaust Educator Awards. Thanks to the generosity of David Chase and the Chase Family Foundation, the Korzenik Memorial Holocaust Award was established to honor the work of a middle or high school teacher for innovative teaching of the lessons of the Holocaust. Thanks to the generosity of Joseph Zola and Matthew Rubin and their families, the Zola Award and professional grants support an award for an established middle or high school curriculum on the Holocaust or to support the development of a curriculum on the Holocaust. There were 15 semi-finalists named, and from that three award winners were selected.
The Award Winners:
Six Fishman Fellows, chosen from among University of Hartford students, were also be named for 2012. The Fellows were honored for their work with students at Yachad-Greater Hartford Jewish Community High School during this past semester. Their teaching included topics in American Jewish History. The Fellows for 2012 are: Shayna Ull from Edison, N.J., Eric Maurer from Burlington, Mass., Adam Velk from Island Lake, Ill., Hanna LaRock from South Setauket, N.Y., Elissa Katz from Armonk, N.Y., and Samantha Gordon from Chestnut Hill, Mass.
In addition, 12 area students were selected from among 50 submissions to an essay contest on American Jewish Heroes to receive Fishman Family Awards in American Jewish Life and Culture. Winners were selected from all grade levels from the following schools: Sigel Hebrew Academy of Greater Hartford, Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Hartford, and Yachad: Greater Hartford Jewish Community High School. The Bess and Paul Sigel Hebrew Academy Second Grade Class submissions will be given a group award. The individual winners, who are all students at the Bess and Paul Sigel Hebrew Academy of Greater Hartford, will receive gift cards.
Fourth Grade Student winners are: Moshe Loew, for his essay on Hank Greenberg and Maia Chameides, for her essay on Harry Houdini; Fifth Grade Student winners are:Casey Greenbaum for her essay on Judy Blume and Kinneret Hannah Kanik for her essay on Jacob Neusner; Sixth Grade Student winners are: Evyatar Gedaliah Kanik for his essay on Mickey Marcus and Nachi Loew for his essay on Uriah P. Levy; Seventh Grade Student winners are: Ora Chaya Halpern for her essay on Rabba Sara Hurwitz and Meira Goldfishcher for her essay on Renee Headings; and Eighth Grade Student winners are: Ilan Small for his essay on Paul Newman and Esther Schlossberg for her essay on Bella Abzug.
Finally, the Greenberg Center will be announcing its scholarships awardees for its majors and minors for the 2012-2013 academic year. Judaic Studies includes three separate degrees: A BA in the College of Arts and Sciences, a joint BA degree between ENHP and the College of ENHP in elementary education and Judaic Studies, and a joint BM degree between the Hartt School for the Performing Arts and the College of Arts and Sciences in Pre-Cantorial Studies. 9 students will be awarded 2012-2013 that evening with Greenberg Center named scholarships for a grand total of $40,000 of scholarship awards and prizes.
For more information on the Greenberg Center or the awards ceremony, contact the Center at 860.768.4964 or firstname.lastname@example.org