Robert M. Sherman Young Pioneers Award Application

December 8, 2020 - January 15, 2021

Do you know an outstanding Jewish educator in greater New York City? Recognize their outstanding work by nominating them for the 2021 Robert M. Sherman Young Pioneers Award. 


Logo for the Robert M. Sherman Young Pioneers Award

The Robert M. Sherman Young Pioneers Award celebrates forward thinking and innovative educators age 40 and under in metropolitan New York City, who demonstrate a personal and professional commitment to new ideas, and proven use of technology or other innovative approaches to inspire children, teens and families.  

This year, we’re celebrating those who have gone above and beyond for their communities during these challenging times. Do you know an educator who has used digital tools to reimagine their curricula? Inspired youth to take action to promote racial justice  in their community? Helped a child navigate mental health challenges?   Nominate them today.  All Nominees must submit their applications by Friday, January 15th, 2021 at 12 PM ET.   *Submit your nominations EARLY to ensure nominees have ample time to work on their application materials.  
This year, all nominees will be recognized at The Jewish Education Project’s Annual Benefit on March 22, 2021.  

Meet last year’s recipients of the Robert M. Sherman Young Pioneers Award.  

*Nominees will receive an email from The Jewish Education Project, notifying them of their nomination.  

Eligibility Criteria and Qualifications   

Recipients will be chosen based on the following:  

  • Demonstration of exceptional service to students and their school community during the COVID-19 pandemic  

  • 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   

Nominee must 

  • Work with children, teens (age 18 or under), or families in a Jewish educational context, including but not limited to: Early Childhood Education, Teen Engagement, Congregational / Complementary Learning, Day Schools, Family Engagement, Jewish Camp, Online Learning Environments

  • Work in New York City (all 5 boroughs), Westchester County or Long Island   

  • Be age 40 or below on/before March 22, 2021   

  • Be nominated by a supervisor, colleague or other professional contact   

  • Be available to attend The Jewish Education Project's Virtual Benefit on March 22, 2020   

  • Not have been employed by The Jewish Education Project as an employee since November 2019   

  • A minimum of 2 years of experience working in Jewish education in either a part time or full time capacity   

Nomination Rules  

  • 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 Jewish day school can nominate one candidate from their pre-school, elementary school, middle school, and high school divisions.    

  • Family members (parents, spouses, siblings, children, aunts/uncles, cousins, etc.) cannot serve as nominators   

Recipients and their organizations will receive   

  • $1,000 Professional Development stipend for the award recipient    

  • Special opportunities to connect with other innovative Jewish educators throughout the year   

  • Public recognition at The Jewish Education Project Virtual Benefit and in promotional materials (Recipients will be featured in video profiles that will be shown at The Jewish Education Project Virtual Benefit and on our social media platforms)  

The Process  

  • Candidate applications will be reviewed by The Jewish Education Project staff and lay leaders in January 2021   

  • Candidates will be notified of their application status in January 2021    

Application Completion Tips:   

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

About The Award 

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 40 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 



Area of Work

  • EC - Early Childhood
  • FE - Family Engagement
  • DS&Y - Day Schools and Yeshivas
  • CL - Congregational Learning
  • AS&B - After School and Beyond
  • T - Teens


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