On May 19 the Covenant Foundation today announced that Rabbi Y. Boruch Sufrin, Head of School at Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy (www.hillelhebrew.org), has been awarded the prestigious 2014 Covenant Award. The Prize is awarded to three outstanding Jewish educators each year in recognition and support of those who make an impact on Jewish life through innovative programming and a commitment to propelling the field of Jewish education forward.
Rabbi Sufrin was nominated for his relentless pursuit of educational progress and investment in
professional development. Under Rabbi Sufrin’s leadership, the school has undertaken cutting
edge advancements in its math, writing, Hebrew language, Judaic studies and music programs.
Uniquely, these advances have not only been focused on enhancing the learning within the school, but also beyond the walls of the school in reaching out to the whole family to complete the students’ educational environment. He is the first identifying Orthodox head of school to win this accolade.
In its press release announcing the award recipients, Covenant Foundation wrote about Rabbi
Sufrin, “His philosophy, which places the student at the center, surrounded and buttressed by
talented teachers, engaged parents, caring community and immersive tools fuels HHHA’s success and has made it one of the nation’s preeminent Jewish day schools….”
The Award will encourage the school community to continue the development of the programs
noted above and extend that progress to new initiatives already underway such as CoLab
-collaborative learning spaces, and an original Tefilla program, which integrates versions of the
newly published Koren Siddur that are tailored for Ashkenazic and Sephardic students of all ages.
Harry Nelson, President of Hillel’s Board of Directors, stated, “This award allows Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy to continue on our path to increase our profile as a nationally recognized institution that continuously innovates and enhances a creative and superior learning environment in both general and Judaic studies.”
The Covenant Foundation (www.covenantfn.org), a program of the Crown Family Philanthropies, honors outstanding Jewish educators and supports creative approaches to programming in an effort to strengthen educational endeavors that perpetuate the identity, continuity and heritage of the Jewish people.