Covenant Foundation Names 2012 Award Recipients for Excellence in Jewish Education

Three Jewish Educators are Recipients of the Covenant Award, Cited for Innovation, Inspiration and Impact on Jewish Education and Community

New York, June 5, 2012: From the Sephardic neighborhoods of Brooklyn, and the distant Jewish communities of India and Morocco, to a Jewish community center in Manhattan, three Jewish educators are exemplifying excellence and impact in Jewish education and are the 2012 recipients of The Covenant Award.

Peter Geffen, Founder and Executive Director of KIVUNIM in New York; Gitta Jaroslawicz-Neufeld, Director of Education at Allegra Franco School of Educational Leadership in Brooklyn; and Karina Zilberman, Director of Jewish Family Life and Culture at 92nd Street Y in New York were named by The Covenant Foundation to receive the Award, among the most coveted honors in the field of Jewish education.

The three recipients join 63 other Jewish educators honored with a Covenant Award since the Foundation established the citation in 1991. Each will receive $36,000, and each of their institutions will receive $5,000.

For guidelines on nominating an educator for a 2013 Covenant Award, and to view a list and biographies of past recipients, visit