MAY 10, 2018 – Mark Gelfand will be presented with the Edith Bloch Award at Epstein Hillel School for his commitment to learning and the pursuit of knowledge. The award will be presented at the Friends of the Hillel Library annual celebration at the K-8 independent school north of Boston, located at Six Community Road in Marblehead, on Thursday, May 24 at 6:45 p.m.
At the event, Gelfand will be recognized for his incredible efforts in creating STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) enrichment programs for deserving youth in the US, Israel, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Kenya, Burundi, and Rwanda. With CJP (Combined Jewish Philanthropies), he established the annual Boston area Jewish Day School Science Exposition. He is also the founder and active manager of TodayTomorrow Ventures, an “impact investment” portfolio of self-sustaining industrial and agro-tech companies in Ethiopia. At the event, internationally recognized thought leader on K-8 education, Grant Lichtman will be speaking about transforming our schools from Epstein Hillel to Ethiopia. Lichtman is the author of “Moving the Rock” and “#EdJourney: A Roadmap for the Future of Education.”
Head of School Amy Gold remarked, “Mark is so deserving of this award because of the depth and breadth of work he has done to bring science and engineering into the lives of children at our school, schools in Massachusetts, and schools across the world for decades. He has been championing the power of a hands-on STEM education since his own discoveries as a teenager.”
Gelfand is the perfect honoree for this year, as Epstein Hillel has plans to build an exciting new and transformative learning space: The David Lear Sulman Innovation Center, which will integrate the school’s library, STEM lab and art studio. David Sulman was the husband of Rose-Jane Sulman, a beloved teacher at Cohen Hillel Academy (now Epstein Hillel School) for over fifteen years.
The Center will be built in David’s memory to honor his love of science and engineering, and to pass that on to future generations.
The event is free and open to the community with a wine and cheese reception preceding the formal program and dessert to follow. RSVPs are requested by May 15, as space is limited.
For more information or to make a donation contact Diane Knopf, Director of Community Engagement at firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-639-2880 or visit epsteinhillel.org.