Mrs. Elisheva Kaminetsky, director of religious guidance at the Stella K. Abraham High School for Girls, has been named one of eight winners of the Atid Day School Innovation Challenge sponsored by the Jewish Education Project of New York and Present Tense. Mrs. Kaminetsky’s innovation, the V’Ani Tefillati Project, has been deemed “an inspiring testament to the quality and diversity of day school education in the New York area.”
Creating an inspiring atmosphere for tefillah in a school can be a challenge. The V’Ani Tefillati website has enabled every student and faculty member in SKA to feel part of a community committed to making davening an inspiring experience. Students and teachers are encouraged to select a tefillah that resonates with them and explain why in a few sentences via a Google form. Their reflections and pictures are included in SKA’s V’Ani Tefillati virtual library website, which can be accessed at http://tinyurl.com/skattyl.
The V’Ani Tefillati Project was an outgrowth of the very successful TTYL (Turning Tefillah Into Your Life) Committee started two years ago by Mrs. Kaminetsky. The profound impact TTYL has made on the school is incalculable; the powerful “Davening at the Beach” event during AseresYemeiTeshuvah is only one of the novel programs among many that TTYL has sponsored.
SKA salutes Mrs. Kaminetsky for this showcase of creativity! In addition to the $1,000 prize, Mrs. Kaminetsky will also be honored at a JEP ceremony in May.