Ratner-Goldberg Israel Fellowship


The Albert B. Ratner and Jack and Esther Goldberg Israel Fellowship recognizes two outstanding teachers in Cleveland Jewish schools. One day school teacher and one supplementary school teacher will be awarded up to $3000 for advanced study in Israel.
The award will help defray tuition and travel expenses. Travel and study plans must first receive prior approval from the JEC Executive Director. The recipient
must use the award within a four-year period. 
Any teacher with a minimum of five years teaching in a JEC affiliated school with appropriate teaching credentials and a commitment to continue teaching for a minimum of two years, is eligible for nomination. This teacher must display a positive impact on students as a role model.
This is a director nominated award. A confidential written letter of nomination, to demonstrate teaching excellence and overall contribution to the school, is required. 
Each nominee must have a classroom observation.
Click here to download the nomination form.

1) Complete the form.

2) Submit the completed form by email: [email protected]



Click here to download the application form.



1) Complete the application form.

2) Submit the completed form by email: [email protected].

3) A classroom observation is required, to be scheduled with the educator awards coordinator.




Year School Name
Hebrew Academy of Cleveland, Beatrice Stone Yavne High School
Sefi Katz
2022 Mandel Jewish Day School Christine Catalogna
2021 Gross Schechter Day School Lauren Henkin
2020 Fuchs Mizrachi School Rabbi Rick Schindelheim
Hebrew Academy of Cleveland, Beatrice Stone Yavne High School
Ruchoma Meisels
2018 Yeshiva Derech Hatorah Wendy Green
2017 Mandel Jewish Day School Kelli Pastor
2016 Gross Schechter Day School Hadassa Hoff
Hebrew Academy of Cleveland, Beatrice Stone Yavne High School
Rochie Berkowitz
2014 Fuchs Mizrachi School Aliza Joel
2013 The Agnon School Michelle Sudow
2012 Gross Schechter Day School Donell Newman
2010 Fuchs Mizrachi School Dara Unterberg
2009 Hebrew Academy of Cleveland Pessie Saks
2008 Mosdos Ohr Hatorah Shoshana Munk
2007 Hebrew Academy of Cleveland Rabbi Yaakov Hersh
2006 Fuchs Mizrachi School Lillian Cohen
2005 Mosdos Ohr Hatorah Rabbi Eli Newman
2004 Fuchs Mizrachi School Ruchie Hecht
2003 Hebrew Academy of Cleveland Leah Blech
2002 Fuchs Mizrachi School Marcia Anouchi
2001 The Agnon School Ines Ades
2000 The Agnon School Hadass Said
1999 Hebrew Academy of Cleveland Rabbi Hillel Drazin
1998 The Agnon School Diane Lavin
1997 Yavne High School Etta Einstadter
1996 The Hebrew Academy Rabbi Asher Newman
1996 Solomon Schechter Day School Anne Sportas
1994 The Agnon School Barbar Weiss
1994 The Hebrew Academy Rabbi Menachem Meisels
1993 Mosdos Ohr Hatorah Rabbi Shmuel-Berkovicz
1991 Bet Sefer Mizrachi Ann Lewis
1989 The Hebrew Academy Judith Abrams


Year School Name
2023 The Park Synagogue Wolf Religious School Bella Leah Bein
2022 Temple Emanu El Stacey Steggert
2021 Beth Israel-The West Temple  Beryl Palnik
2020 B'nai Jeshurun Congregation Rebecca Faur
2019 The Temple Tifereth Israel Ed Magiste
2018 Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple Rick Leibovich
2017 The Park Synagogue Wolf Religious School Marina Soroka
2016 Temple Emanu El Beth A. Mann
2015 Suburban Temple Kol Ami Ori Akrish
2014 The Temple Tifereth Israel Regina Krieger
2013 B'nai Jeshurun Congregation Risa Roth
2012 Beth Israel-The West Temple Rivienne Levin
2011 Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple Julianna Senturia
2010 Park Synagogue Chaya Fixler
2009 Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple Susan Ringel
2008 Suburban Temple-Kol Ami Lisa Kollins
2007 Temple Emanu El Aline Davis
2006 The Temple-Tifereth Israel Deborah Chessin
2005 Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple Nurit Barnard
2004 Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple Naomi Chase-Friddle
2003 Park Synagogue Amy Greenspan
2002 Cleveland Hebrew Schools Rachel Mor Lawton
2001 Temple Emanu El Sol Factor
2000 Temple Emanu El Steven Perry
1999 Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple Mila Schwam
1997 Temple Emanu El Renee Wolkoff
1995 Beth Israel-The West Temple Shoshana Ault
1995 The Cleveland Hebrew Schools Jeffrey Muller
1993 The Cleveland Hebrew Schools Sarah Kudroff
B'nai Jeshurun Congregation
Beth Torah Religious School
Paul Koret
1992 Cleveland Hebrew Schools Edna Akrish
1991 The Cleveland Hebrew Schools Malka Weil
Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple
Temple Emanu El
Suzanne Arnold
1990 Suburban Temple-Kol Ami Gail Simon