Milken Family Foundation Honors Exemplary Educators With Jewish Educator AwardsSanta Monica, California, September 21, 2015
It was a school day like no other for four talented Los Angeles-area Jewish day school educators:
Hanna Keynan, K-8 Arts Teacher, Pressman Academy of Temple Beth Am
Kelly Shepard, Performing Arts Chair, Milken Community High School
Jamie Gomer, Kindergarten and General Studies Teacher, Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School
Rabbi Levi Solomon, Torah Principal, Emek Hebrew Academy, Teichman Family Torah Center
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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