Nomination Form: 2022 Robert M. Sherman Young Pioneers Award

Applications due: March 11, 2022 at 12:00 pm EST

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The Jewish Education Project is now accepting nominations for the 2022 Robert M. Sherman Young Pioneers Award. The award recognizes five innovative educators age 40 and under in greater New York City (the 5 boroughs, Westchester County, and Long Island) who demonstrate a personal and professional commitment to new ideas and have made a significant impact on children, teens and families in the communities they serve.

The theme of this year’s Young Pioneers Award is "Celebrating innovation in Jewish education."  

** If you want to nominate an educator, please nominate them as early as possible to ensure they have time to complete their application. All educators nominated for the Robert M. Sherman Young Pioneers Award must submit their completed materials by March 11, 2022 at 12 p.m. ET. **


All nominees and nominators will be notified of the nominee's application status in April 2022. 

The Jewish Education Project will produce a short video about the 5 award recipients in Spring 2022. 

Nominate an educator who has made a difference in your community today by clicking the "Apply Now" button at the bottom of the page.   

Want to work on your answers and submit the application later? Download the nominator application here.

Meet last year's Young Pioneers Award recipients here


Eligibility Criteria, Qualifications, and Rules

  • Demonstration of innovation during the past 18 months and throughout their career in Jewish Education

  • Alignment with The Jewish Education Project's mission to inspire and empower educators to create transformative Jewish experiences   

  • History of involvement in The Jewish Education Project’s professional development programs   

  • Educators must work in a Jewish educational setting with children, teens (age 18 or under), or families in New York City (5 boroughs), Westchester County, or Long Island.  

  • An individual can only nominate one educator 

  • An educator cannot be nominated by a family member (parent, spouse, child, sibling, uncle, aunt, grandparent, cousin, etc) 

  •  The nominee must be age 40 or under on May 24, 2022 

  •  The nominee must have worked in the field of Jewish education for at least 2 complete academic years

  • Nominators can only nominate one candidate    

  • If a candidate receives multiple nominations, the first nomination received will be the one reviewed by the Young Pioneers Award review committees   

  • Institutions can nominate one candidate per educational division. For example, a school can nominate one candidate from their pre-school, elementary school, middle school, and high school divisions.   

Young Pioneers Award recipients receive: 

  • $1,000 Professional Development stipend  

  • Recognition in a special video premiering in Spring 2022  

The Process  

  • Nominee applications will be reviewed by The Jewish Education Project staff and lay leaders in March and April 2022

  • Nominators and Nominees will be notified of the nominee's application status in April 2022

Application Completion Tips:   

  • The nominator application DOES NOT have a save feature. When you have finished your application, upload your completed responses to the application. 


About The Award 

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Robert M. Sherman

The Young Pioneers Award is named for Robert M. Sherman, the CEO of The Jewish Education Project from 2007 until July 2019. During his tenure, he launched the Young Pioneers Award and several new initiatives at The Jewish Education Project. Since 2012, the Robert M. Sherman Young Pioneers Award has recognized 45 Jewish educators from greater New York that push the boundaries in Jewish education. Recipients work in day schools, camps, youth groups, supplementary schools, community centers, seminaries and in foundation settings.

Questions? Contact Gabriel Weinstein at youngpioneers@JewishEdProject.org.