Three outstanding Jewish educators who are leaders of innovation and impact – and who by their very successes are pushing the field to take notice of the power of inclusive, creative education – are the 2016 recipients of The Covenant Award.

Daniel Henkin, Director of Music at The Ramaz Upper School in New York and at Camp Ramah Nyack (NY); Rabbi Benay Lappe, Founder and Rosh Yeshiva of SVARA: A Traditionally Radical Yeshiva, Chicago; and Ilana Ruskay-Kidd, Founder and Head of School at The Shefa School, New York are the recipients of the Award, which is among the highest honors in the field of Jewish education.

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

Details biographies on the current recipients can be found here.

For guidelines on nominating an educator for a 2017 Covenant Award, and to read biographies of past recipients, visit

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