Jean Kolovson of San Antonio, TX Named Youth Worker of the Month North American Recognition for her Dedication to Central Texas Jewish Youth
NEW YORK March 8, 2007 Jean Kolovson of Temple Beth-El in San Antonio has been named Marchs Youth Worker of the Month by the Union for Reform Judaism.
Kolovson has been committed volunteer youth worker in the San Antonio Jewish community for nearly a decade. Known as a self-starter, Kolovson is responsible for the recent exponential growth of the youth program at Beth-El.
This year, our congregation launched three new youth groups in addition to continuing our successful senior youth group program, said Rabbi Allison Bergman Vann and thanks to Kolovsons dedication, the launching of these youth groups was met with unbelievable success. Jean did all this without significant support from the full time professional staff.
"I had just gotten home from Temple at 9:30 at night. The Senior TYG had just finished baking over 200 dozen hamentaschen for the Purim Carnival they put on for Temple," said Kolovson. "I was exhausted and there was this wonderful email about being honored as the Youth Worker of the Month for March. The honor gave me so much encouragement that the work I do with everyone else at Temple is so important and valued."
The Youth Worker of the Month recognizes the talent, dedication, and commitment of outstanding youth workers. Each Youth Worker of the Month recipient is nominated by a supervisor or peer and is featured for a month on www.RJyouthworker.org. The recipient also receives a book complements of the URJ Press and a gift certificate to Barnes & Noble.
Recognizing the differences in the role of a youth worker from congregation to congregation, the Union for Reform Judaism has created RJyouthworker as an interactive website to provide resources and support for Reform Jewish youth workers around the world. With message boards, programs and professional development opportunities, RJyouthworker is designed to address the needs of the diverse field of Jewish youth workers in the Reform Movement.
The Union for Reform Judaism (formerly the Union of American Hebrew Congregations) is the central body of Reform Judaism in North America, uniting 1.5 million Reform Jews in more than 900 synagogues. Union services include camps, music and book publishing, outreach to unaffiliated and intermarried Jews, educational programs, and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in Washington, D.C.