Nominations Sought for 2013 Lasday Award

The “Jewish Educator of the Year” Award was established in 1993 in order to recognize outstanding Columbus Jewish educators, to raise the status of Jewish educators in our community, and to celebrate Jewish education.

Nominations for this award may be submitted by anyone with an interest in Jewish education and must be received by June 14, 2013.  For more information contact Rabbi Idit Jacques 614.559.3228 or

Pictured above: Jeff and Lori Lasday with 2011 Teacher of the Year Rabbi Joel Epstein

CLICK HERE for nomination forms and more information.

Incentive Grants Support Supplementary Education Initiatives


Three programs were recently awarded approximately $12,000 in grants to help grow and innovate Jewish Supplemetnary Education in Columbus.

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Call for Professional Development Grant Proposals

“Every student learns when every educator engages in effective professional learning.”

Grants are available through the Jewish Education and Identity Department (JEdI) of the Columbus Jewish Federation for classes, programs, webinars, meetings, conferences or other ways that can help promote professional growth for educators.


    Nominations Sought for 2013 Interfaith Youth Dialog

    The Columbus Youth Interfaith team is seeking nominations for mature, faithful 15-18 year old students from the Muslim, Jewish, and Christian communities to participate in the second annual Columbus Youth Interfaith Dialog.  This will be the third year for this program where students will learn and build community through kosher dinners, games, and conversation together during the evenings of July 9-10, 2012.  The group meets each night a different place of worship where they will a synagogue and a church.  Following these evenings, the student will put their faith into action by serving together at the Mid-Ohio Food Bank on Thursday, July 11.

    Sponsored by the Columbus Jewish Federation, Noor Islamic Cultural Center and Trinity Lutheran Seminary, the program goal is to help young people increase awareness of other faith traditions and articulate and personalize their own faith story. Nomination forms are available for teens to participate this year. Please forward your nominations to Rabbi Idit Jacques at the Columbus Jewish Federation, 1175 College Avenue, Columbus, OH 43209.  For more information email or 614.559.3228.

    (Pictured) Teens engaged in discussion (2011) and volunteering (2012) with the Interfaith Youth Dialog.