November 03, 1999
The educators are:
The five recipients were surprised by this prestigious award, for which they cannot apply. The educators did not know they were being recognized until their names were announced by Milken Family Foundation officers Dr. Julius Lesner and Richard Sandler and Dr. Gil Graff, executive director of the Bureau of Jewish Education of Greater Los Angeles, during school assemblies held throughout the day.
"These educators hold a high standard of excellence for Jewish students, not only in their secular education, but in their understanding and appreciation of Jewish history and culture," said Milken Family Foundation Chairman and President Lowell Milken. "We believe their efforts should be acknowledged and rewarded."
The Milken Family Foundation Jewish Educator Awards were established in 1990 in cooperation with the Bureau of Jewish Education of Greater Los Angeles. Each year, the program offers major financial recognition to teachers, administrators and other education professionals who have made significant contributions to excellence in education in day schools affiliated with the Bureau of Jewish Education. Since 1989, 50 awards have been given to Los Angeles-area Jewish educators.
Selected by a committee of educators and community leaders who have a long-standing concern for and involvement with education in Jewish schools, these educators reflect the highest ideals of Jewish and secular education, fostering the lifelong pursuit of knowledge and nurturing a value system that can guide students through adulthood. Recipients also demonstrate an outstanding ability to develop Jewish children's understanding of the connection between religion, classroom activities and life outside of school.