Milken Family Foundation Honors Exemplary Educators With Jewish Educator Awards

Santa Monica, California, September 21, 2015


It was a school day like no other for four talented Los Angeles-area Jewish day school educators:

During individual schoolwide assemblies – ostensibly held to celebrate the Jewish New Year – each recipient was caught off guard with a 2015 Milken Jewish Educator Award (JEA), an unrestricted $15,000 financial prize and wildly cheering students.  The announcements were made by Milken Family Foundation Executive Vice President Richard Sandler and BJE: Builders of Jewish Education Executive Director Dr. Gil Graff. We captured the excitement and the surprise as each educator was honored — click through the gallery to see for yourself. 

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Hanna Keynan reaction
Hanna Keynan accepts Jewish Educator Award
Hanna Keynan Richard Sandler
Kelly Shepard reaction
Kelly Shepard Richard Sandler
Kelly Shepard and students
Jamie Gomer reaction
Richard Sandler student
Jamie Gomer students
Rabbi Levi Solomon
Rabbi Levi Solomon Richard Sandler
Emek Hebrew Academy students