Anabella Jaroslavsky and Paul J. Shaviv to Receive the Max M. Fisher Prize for Jewish Education in the Diaspora for 2009

June 10, 2009 / 18 Sivan 5769

The Max M. Fisher Prize for Jewish Education in the Diaspora for 2009, will be awarded to Anabella Jaroslavsky of Venezuela and Paul J. Shaviv of Canada. The award ceremony will take place on Thursday, June 25, at the Inbal Hotel, in Jerusalem, within the forum of the Assembly of the Jewish Agency for Israel.

The Max M. Fisher Prize was established in 1999, by the Board of the L. A. Pincus Fund for Jewish Education in the Diaspora, to recognize Mr. Fisher’s active role in promoting the advancement of Jewish education. Mr. Fisher z"l served as Chairman of the Pincus Fund from its establishment in 1977, until 2005. The prize is awarded to educators who have made outstanding contributions to Jewish education in their communities.

The L.A. Pincus Fund for Jewish Education in the Diaspora, based in Jerusalem, works to promote excellence in Jewish education. It supports new and innovative educational projects which respond to the changing needs of Jewish communities in the Diaspora. The Fund supports projects in all areas of Jewish education, and for all age groups. Projects are initiated and implemented by local communities.

Anabella Jaroslavsky has served since 1993 as Executive Director of the Jewish Community Center, Caracas-Venezuela, where she oversees the work of 330 employees. The Jewish Community Center conducts a wide range of activities, including youth activities, senior activities, cultural events, sports, folkdance, and community-wide events and celebrations. Ms. Jaroslavsky has initiated and currently directs the Gesher Project, which provides in-service training intended to enhance Jewish and Zionist education, for educators working in both formal and informal Jewish education in Venezuela. This project is supported by the Pincus Fund. Ms. Jaroslavsky also has played an active role in the Sulam Leadership Development Program for Latin American Leaders, which also was supported by the Pincus Fund.

Paul J. Shaviv serves as Director of Education at TanenbaumCHAT, the Community High School of the Greater Toronto Jewish community. Since Mr. Shaviv assumed the role of Headmaster in 1998, the school's enrollment has grown from 750 to 1,500 students. The school currently recruits more than 400 new students each year. 17 WZO/JAFI teacher-shlichim work in the school, and 50% of all Jewish Studies is taught in Hebrew. A recent survey found that 96% of married TanenbaumCHAT alumni have Jewish spouses; 72% of alumni “continued their Jewish study” in some form after graduation; graduates have visited Israel an average of six times, and 10% of them live in Israel.

Mr. Shavit has published many articles, book reviews, and reports on Jewish Education, Jewish Affairs, Jewish History and Jewish Ideas. He also has lectured extensively on these subjects. In the past, he has served as Principal of Bialik College, Montreal; as Founding Director of Jewish Studies at Immanuel College, London; as Director of Jewish Studies at Carmel College, Oxfordshire; and as Director of the Bnai B’rith World Center in Jerusalem.

For further information contact:
Michael Jankelowitz,
Liaison to the Foreign Press, Jewish Agency for Israel
Mobile: +972-52-6130220
Voice-mail: +972-2-620-2780 




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