The Teen Leadership Award

Purpose:

Each year The Teen Leadership Award will recognize up to three 8th grade teens who demonstrate strong leadership skills through the Sababa Youth Group or through a self-directed Tikkun Olam project that contribute to strengthening the Beth El teen community.

Award support is provided by the Rabbis’ Discretionary Fund.

The Award:

  • Up to three monetary prizes of $250 will be awarded to support the recipients’ interests in leadership training, such as:

  1. attendance at workshops or retreats at Camp Newman, BESTY and other NFTY activities
  2. enrollment in Jewish learning programs such as Midrasha or Jewish Youth for Community Action (JYCA)
  • Name engraved on a permanent plaque at Beth El,
  • Public recognition at the Spring Annual Meeting and at The Celebration of Education Shabbat ceremony.

Selection Criteria:

Leadership Skills will be accessed in the following ways:
  • Strong and committed Board leadership in the Sababa Youth Group.
  • Spearheading a Tikkun Olam project for the Sababa Youth Group.

Administration:

  • Nominations submitted four weeks prior to the Annual Meeting in two ways:
 
o   Self Nominations: Any 8th grader who is a member of Congregation Beth El can submit their name for consideration, accompanied by a short statement (about 250 words) that describes how he/she meets the award criteria.
o   Peer Nomination: Any middle school student who is a member of Congregation Beth El can nominate a Beth El 8th grader for consideration, accompanied by a brief statement of support that describes how the student meets the award criteria.
o   Staff Nomination: Any Beth El staff member can nominate an 8th grader by submitting their name along with brief statement of support that describes how the student meets the award criteria.
 
  • Selection Committee:

o   Rabbi Yoel Kahn,
o   Rabbi Rebekah Stern,
o   Rabbi Mike Rothbaum (Director of Education),
o   Emily Schnitzer (Director of Camp Kee Tov and Youth Group Director),
o   Ali Greenland (Youth Group Advisor).
  • The award is a recognition of excellence. The Selection Committee is under no obligation to make an award every year.
  • Procedure for Claiming Monetary Award: the recipients may either submit a request for reimbursement to the Executive Director at any time during the award year, (with receipt attached) or for a check to be made out to the sponsoring organization or agency (such as Camp Newman, NFTY, Midrasha or JYCA).