Ma’ayanot’s Annual Scholarship Dinner
March 10, 2018
Congregation Keter Torah, Teaneck, NJ
Announcing Our 2018 Annual Scholarship Dinner Honorees!
Ma’ayanot’s annual dinner provides an opportunity to reflect on those areas of our school in which we take greatest pride, and to express hakarat hatov to lay leaders and educators who have enabled Ma’ayanot to grow and thrive. At this year’s dinner we were privileged to honor several people who manifest a commitment to our students’ growth and to strengthening Ma’ayanot as a makom Torah in which young women thrive and flourish, each in her own way. We are fortunate to count them among the leaders of our school, and grateful to have had the opportunity to highlight their significant contributions to our community.
Deena & Saul Kaszovitz
- Keter Shem Tov Award
The myriad of ways in which Deena and Saul Kaszovitz have positively impacted every facet of Ma’ayanot serves as an inspiration to the entire Ma’ayanot community. In addition to serving as Ma’ayanot President for three years, Saul has served on the Finance, Board Nominating, Dinner Fundraising, Middle States Review, Open House, Development, and Dean of Students Search committees. Deena, too, has significantly impacted the Ma’ayanot community by serving as Chair of the Dinner Committee, a member of a recent Learning Center focus group, and as a member of several other committees, including the Middle States Review, Open House, and Parent Ambassador Committees. We are grateful to have the opportunity to honor Deena and Saul for the exceptional practical, emotional and financial support they have bestowed upon Ma’ayanot these past many years.
Dr. Miriam and Rabbi Elie Berman
- Amudei Ma'ayanot Honorees
Dr. Miriam and Rabbi Elie Berman are deeply dedicated to the values of community and Jewish education, as is manifest by their extensive volunteer activities across countless community organizations. At Ma’ayanot, Miriam has served on the Board of Directors since 2015, and on numerous school committees, including the Middle States Review, Open House, and Parent Ambassador Committees. serves as an inspiration to many through her energetic volunteerism on behalf of TABC, Shearit HaPlate, Yavneh, Noam, Lamdeinu, and Congregation Rinat Yisrael, while Elie serves the community by teaching a weekly She'elot u-Teshuvot shiur at Rinat and by serving on the Board of the Etzion Foundation. We are thrilled to recognize Miriam and Elie for their loyalty and dedication to Ma’ayanot.
Lynn & Dr. Neer Even-Hen
- Parents of the Year
Lynn and Dr. Neer Even-Hen have manifested their deep commitment to community through numerous volunteer activities on behalf of Ma’ayanot. Neer has served on the Dinner Fundraising Committee in recent years, while Lynn has served on the school’s Board of Directors since 2014, as well as on the Parent Ambassador and Open House Committees. Lynn has also demonstrated her dedication to Ma’ayanot (and her good nature!) by taking on the difficult job of bus liaison for the Highland Park bus route, and together Lynn and Neer have opened their home to host grade Shabbatonim and parlor meetings. It is our honor and privilege to bestow this well-deserved award on Lynn and Neer Even-Hen.
Ms. Samantha Kur
- Teacher of the Year
Since joining Ma'ayanot's faculty in 2007, Ms. Samantha Kur has fostered in our students a love of reading and taught them to develop their own identity and moral compass through their study of literature. In Ms. Kur's classes, students cultivate an expansive view of culture, human nature, and the richness to be gained by engaging deeply with a diversity of literature. Ms. Kur is a caring, supportive colleague who embodies the ideal of lifelong learning. As chair of the English department, she guides the development of the English curriculum with educational vision and an emphasis on partnership and collaboration. She is a beloved, inspiring teacher and treasured colleague, and we are thrilled to honor her as this year's Teacher of the Year.