The Natalia Twersky Educator Award
Winners & Finalists
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Named for Natalia Twersky, a champion of Jewish education and the mother of JWA's founding executive director Gail Twersky Reimer, the award is given annually to a teacher working in a formal or informal Jewish setting. The winning educator must demonstrate a commitment to integrating the stories and voices of Jewish women into her/his curriculum through the creative use of primary sources. With the Natalia Twersky Educator Award, JWA honors the work of educators committed to gender-inclusive curricula while also recognizing the schools that support their efforts.
Natalia Twersky grew up in Cracow, Poland, and survived Auschwitz before coming to the U.S. in 1945. Although she lost any simple faith and orthodox practice, she remained steadfast in her belief in Jewish education, recognizing its power to guide a next generation to know who they are and from where they had come.
The winner of the Natalia Twersky Educator Award receives $2,500 plus $500 for his or her school or program.
Want to apply for the 2014 Twersky Award?
The online application for the 2014 Twersky Award is now open. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. The deadline for applications is Monday, May 12, 2014.