Rabbi Mychal Springer to Receive Award from Jewish Funds for Justice

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April 22, 2010, New York, NY

Mychal SpringerRabbi Mychal Springer, director of the Center for Pastoral Education of The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and the Helen Fried Kirshblum Goldstein Chair in Professional and Pastoral Skills, will receive the Women of Valor Award from Jewish Funds for Justice at their annual celebration. The awards will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 27, at City Winery, 155 Varick Street.

The Women of Valor Award celebrates the achievements of outstanding Jewish women who lead through their activism, accomplishments, philanthropy, and commitment to social justice. In addition to Rabbi Springer, Jeannie Appelman and Rabbi Stephanie Kolin will also received awards. This year’s ceremony will be hosted by Rabbi Jennie Rosenn. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to honor three women integral to establishing the first leadership program for the next generation of synagogue leadership,” said Simon Greer, president and CEO of Jewish Funds for Justice. “Our honorees have transformed congregations around the nation by inspiring rabbis and cantors to bring social justice in the heart of their rabbinates.”

Past Women of Valor honorees include U.S. Congresswoman Nita Lowey, Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum of Congregation Beth Simchat Torah, and the late activist and former Congresswoman Bella Abzug.

A certified supervisor in the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education and a certified Jewish chaplain, Rabbi Springer served as associate dean and director of Field Education of The Rabbinical School of The Jewish Theological Seminary for seven years. During that time she transformed Field Education and pioneered work on integrative teaching and learning for rabbinical students through her work directing a grant from the Wabash Center.

Before coming to JTS, Rabbi Springer was the associate director of the Jewish Institute for Pastoral Care at the HealthCare Chaplaincy in Manhattan. She earned her BA at Yale College (1987) and ordination and a master's degree in Judaic Studies at JTS (1992).

For more information about this event, please contact Sheila Webb-Halpern at (212) 213-2113.