The Morton L. Mandel Jewish Educational Leadership Award

Mark Horowitz, the 2016 Morton L. Mandel Jewish Educational Leadership Award Recipient

markMark Horowitz is vice president, early childhood education and family engagement at JCC Association. He was the founding executive director of the Jewish Early Childhood Education Initiative (JECEI). Mark holds a master’s degree in education from SUNY at Buffalo and received ordination and an honorary doctorate from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He served as the executive director of the Bureau of Jewish Education of Greater Buffalo, New York; the director of education and early childhood at Temple Beth Am in Williamsville, New York; assistant professor of religion and fine arts at Canisius College in Buffalo; and as supervisor of student teachers and teacher of sociology of education and field experience, also at SUNY at Buffalo. He is the educational consultant to the New York International Piano Competition and was awarded honorable mention at the 2002 Van Cliburn Foundation’s International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs in Fort Worth, Texas.

Honor Mark Horowitz with a tribute to salute him for his contribution to the JCC Movement. He will receive notification that a gift to JCC Association has been made in his honor.

About the Morton L. Mandel Jewish Educational Leadership Award

JCC Association presents the Morton L. Mandel Jewish Educational Leadership Award biennially to an individual or an institution that has made a singular contribution to the enhancement of Jewish education in Jewish Community Centers and JCC camps.

Morton L. Mandel, JCC Association Honorary Chair, was the first to receive the award in 1998, in recognition of his efforts to strengthen Jewish education in JCCs throughout North America. In 1981, Mr. Mandel chaired the Commission on Maximizing Jewish Educational Effectiveness of JCCs (COMJEE). His leadership helped spur JCCs to strengthen their capacities to deliver effective Jewish educational services. Decades later, Mr. Mandel’s contribution to COMJEE continues to inspire the JCC Movement.

The Award was re-named in his honor in 2000.