The Covenant Foundation Announces Recipients of 2020 Covenant Award

The Covenant Foundation has announced the names of three Jewish educators who are the 2020 recipients of the Covenant Award:

Maxine Segal Handelman, Director of Family Life & Learning, Anshe Emet Synagogue, Chicago, Illinois;

Russel Neiss, Senior Product Engineer, Sefaria, St. Louis, Missouri;

Amanda Pogany, Head of School, Luria Academy of Brooklyn, Brooklyn, New York,.

The Covenant Award is among the highest honors in the field of Jewish Education.

[Detailed bios of the recipients can be found here.]

“This year, we find ourselves in an altered landscape as we consider what Jewish education looks like,” said Cheryl Finkel, Chair of the Board of Directors of The Covenant Foundation and a 1999 Covenant Award recipient.

“But this cohort is indisputably up for the challenge, for they each provide an access to Jewish knowledge and connection that transcends the traditional learning space.”

Along with the recognition that accompanies this award, recipients will each receive $36,000 and each of their institutions will receive $5,000.

For guidelines on nominating an educator for a 2020 Covenant Award, and to read biographies of past recipients, visit:

The Covenant Foundation is a program of the Crown Family Philanthropies.