Helen Diller Family Awards for Excellence in Jewish Education

Celebrate the three recipients of the Helen Diller Family Award for Excellence in Jewish Education

Established in January 2001, the Helen Diller Family Awards for Excellence in Jewish Education recognize and honor educators offering pre-collegiate programs in Jewish education who have made an extraordinary impact on the youth of our community. Categories include early childhood, day school, and informal education (outside of a classroom). An award of $10,000 will be given to an educator in each category, and each awardee's institution will also receive $2,500.

Join the community in honoring educators in three areas: Day School, Early Childhood Education, and Informal Education.


DAY SCHOOL: Jonathan Ferris, The Brandeis School of San Francisco

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION: Frances Wittman-Rosenzweig, Congregation Emanu-El

INFORMAL EDUCATION: Daniel Schindelman Schoen, Wilderness Torah

Interests: Families
May 06, 2019
5:30 PM
Contemporary Jewish Museum
736 Mission Street
San Francisco


Organized By: 
The Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund
Event Contact Person: 
Dena Stein
Jonathan Ferris
Jonathan Ferris is in his twentieth year of teaching at The Brandeis School of San Francisco. At the forefront of his passion for teaching is his constant strive to create strong student meaning and connection to the curriculum, classroom, and school community. He began his tenure at Brandeis as the music teacher. He then worked to become a lead teacher for Kindergarten. He is currently the Judaic studies teacher for the fifth grade and is the Tefilah Coordinator for all grades. He earned a Certificate in Day School Teaching from Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles, as part of their day school teacher leader program, DeLeT. He has also earned a multiple subject credential and a single subject teaching credential in music. He has been involved musically with both Congregation Emanu-El and Camp Tawonga since the early 1990s.
Frances Wittman-Rosenzweig
Frances Wittman-Rosenzweig has been teaching at Congregation Emanu-El Preschool for 20 years. Frances started as an assistant teacher when her first child entered preschool, and has been mentored and fostered by dedicated and inspiring directors and master teachers at CEEP ever since. She recently earned a Masters in Education, Early Childhood, at San Francisco State University, which she describes as a transformative experience that enabled her to understand that the rights of children are best realized when the rights of teachers are recognized and protected. Throughout her development as an early childhood educator, her husband, Carl, and three children, Hannah, Avram, and Rachel, have provided her with the power to do the work she loves best through their strength and love.
Daniel Schindelman Schoen
Daniel Schindelman Schoen lives for the feeling of being connected to the mystery and awesome unity of creation. As Wilderness Torah’s Youth Programs Manager and B’naiture’s Lead Mentor, he supports children and their families to feel that connection by being outside and sharing in Jewish wisdom. Daniel studied Nature & Culture at UC Davis and worked extensively as an outdoor and environmental educator across the West Coast before taking on management of Wilderness Torah’s youth programs. He lives in his hometown of Berkeley with his wife and newborn son Samuel.