About the Award

The award, inaugurated in 2012, is named for Natalia Twersky, a champion of Jewish education and the mother of JWA's founding executive director Gail Twersky Reimer. Twersky grew up in Cracow, Poland, and survived Auschwitz before coming to the U.S. in 1945. Although she lost much of her faith and ceased Orthodox practice, she remained steadfast in her belief in Jewish education; she recognized its power to enlighten new generations about who they are and from where they came.


Any educator working with students in grades 5–12 is eligible. The winning educator must demonstrate a commitment to integrating Jewish women’s stories and voices into their curriculum through the creative use of primary sources. Submissions will be evaluated on a number of criteria, including:

  • Creative use of primary sources
  • Replicability
  • Extent to which the lesson supports JWA’s mission to document Jewish women's stories, elevate their voices, and inspire them to be agents of change


$2,000 to the winning educator. $500 to the finalist

Questions? Contact our Programs and Education Team.

Natalia Twersky with her grandchildren, December 1985.
Courtesy of Gail Twersky Reimer.

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "About the Award." (Viewed on January 28, 2020) <https://qa.jwa.org/twersky/about>.


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