Three Bay Area educators honored with awardThursday, November 15, 2012 | by
Three Jewish educators in the Bay Area were among the five people from across the nation awarded the Covenant Foundation’s Pomegranate Prize for 2012.
Maya Bernstein was one of the three. She is a strategic design officer at UpStart Bay Area, helping the S.F.-based agency support up-and-coming Jewish entrepreneurs. Her writings on philanthropy and education have appeared in the New York Jewish Week, the Huffington Post, Zeek and elsewhere. She has taught in Belarus, Germany, China and Israel, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Russian language and literature from Columbia and a master’s in education from Harvard.
Sarah Lefton, the founding executive director at G-dcast, also won the award. G-dcast aims to advance Jewish literacy through short animated films and other media, and the S.F.-based nonprofit now also creates professional development materials for educators and offers programming for young Jewish artists.
This year’s other two winners were Rabbi Barry Kislowicz, head of school at an Orthodox day school in Ohio, and Rabbi Eliav Bock, founding director of a Jewish camp in Colorado called Ramah Outdoor Adventure.