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Teachers Awarded Grants for Educational Excellence Funded by the Targum Shlishi Foundation

June 11, 2007 – Two years ago the Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education (CAJE) was awarded a $50,000 grant from the Targum Shlishi, a Raquel and Aryeh Rubin Foundation, in order to promote and recognize Jewish educational leadership in the Greater Miami Jewish community.

The Targum Shlishi Foundation initiated this project by awarding CAJE $10,000 per year over five years to be used to provide select day school, congregational school and early childhood teachers with a $1,000 award in recognition of their contribution to promoting excellence and creativity in their respective schools.

The ten recipients of this year’s Awards program are:

Rabbi Shlomo Ackerman Samuel Scheck Hillel Community Day School / Ben Lipson Community High School
Rachel Baum Temple Beth Am Religious School
Denise Bergman Temple Beth Am Day School
Sue Einhorn Greenfield Day School
Dr. Ari Kedem Congregation Bet Breira Schimmel-Binder Religious School
Revital Marotz Greenstein Early Childhood Development Center at the Dave and Mary Alper JCC
Laura Medina Temple Beth Am Religious School
Rabbi Mordechai Rosenberg Kesher, Inc.
Irit Roth Bet Shira Congregation Early Childhood Center
Beth Ruck Rohr Middle School

A special Awards Ceremony and Reception took place on June 6th, 2007 at CAJE’s end of year Celebration of Leadership. 

Miami philanthropist Mr. Aryeh Rubin, director of Targum Shlishi, stated that, “the purpose of this program is to identify and promote Jewish educational leadership on the local school level…we must find new and creative ways to identify, encourage and motivate educational innovation and excellence in our schools…I am hopeful that this program will attract other funders and philanthropists who share in this vision and mission for our Jewish community.”

CAJE President/CEO Dr. Chaim Y. Botwinick stated “this program will have a dramatic impact on the way in which the Miami Jewish community bestows honor and respect upon its Jewish educators.” Dr. Botwinick lauded Raquel and Aryeh Rubin and their foundation for being in the forefront of providing the Miami Jewish educational community with venues and opportunities to enhance the quality of its educational personnel. These initiatives included a $10,000 grant to CAJE for professional development in memory of J.J. Greenberg, and a recent grant to implement a CD-ROM produced training curriculum for the teaching of Talmud in Jewish Day Schools.

Targum Shlishi is dedicated to providing a range of creative solutions to problems facing Jewry today. Premised on the conviction that dynamic change and adaptation have historically been crucial to a vibrant and relevant Judaism and to the survival of its people, Targum Shlishi’s initiatives are designed to stimulate the development of new ideas and innovative strategies that will enable Jewish life, its culture, and its traditions to continue to flourish. For more information on the foundation visit its website:

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