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.
Nominations for the Morton L. Mandel Jewish Educational Leadership Award are now closed.
Past Winners of the Morton L. Mandel Jewish Educational Leadership Award
2012 Rabbi Alvin Mars
2010 The Marcus Foundation
2008 The AVI CHAI Foundation
2006 Professor Barry Chazan
2004 The Melton School of the Hebrew University / The Florence Melton Adult Mini School
2002 JCCs of Chicago, Chicago, IL
2000 92nd Street YM-YWHA, New York, NY
1998 Morton L. Mandel, Cleveland, OH