The LEAD Award (Leader
Educator Advisor Dugma/Example) was created to recognize outstanding adults who go above and beyond in their role of educating and caring for Jewish teens. Springboard
and JUF are thrilled to recognize Daniel Warshawsky as this year’s LEAD
Award recipient! Additionally, we would like to recognize and thank all our LEAD Award Finalists, Adam Blue, Eric Golberg, Samantha
Isenstein, Jessie Morris and Adam Rubenfire, for their incredible work and contributions to the Jewish teen community. Nominees were recognized by teens in the community who completed applications sharing how the nominee had influenced them. Here are some of the wonderful things teens said
about their educators, advisors, and mentors.
Adam has been a role model for me for a long time. He
continuously demonstrates to the people around him the importance of respect
and works hard at instilling the value of treating others with dignity and
respect, no matter their viewpoint, among the interns he oversees. –
Jessie has been a role model to me because she is so positive whenever we have club and she welcomes everyone into club with open arms. Jessie is considerate and always gives the best advice while engaging in conversation with club members. -Ella R.
Samantha has helped me with my leadership and is very flexible and works very hard for teens in our community. She is very caring and understanding of everyone and their needs. – Josh L.
Eric is truly someone who helps me create fantastic programming by finding time to sit down and work with me one on one. Eric welcomes people into our chapter with the utmost respect, showing me what it looks like to be a leader. Eric is consistently enthusiastic about programming, even if he
himself is not directly part of the program. – Geoffrey G.
Adam helped facilitate a connection, worked tandem with me in crafting an amazing program, and was there to congratulate and recognize me for developing what all the teens who attended said was an awesome program! Teens rarely receive recognition and gratitude from others in today's society,
and Adam is someone that is constantly uplifting; we need more people in the world like him. – Andy N.
Daniel has taught me the importance of finding your own path in Judaism. You don’t always have to follow exactly what your parents do or what your friends do, but you have to find what is most meaningful to you. He has also taught me to stand up against the injustices in
Judaism. You don’t have to accept something just because it is written, you can challenge it and do what you think is right. – Stephanie K.