Award FAQ

FAQ

What is the purpose of the Rose Lubin Jewish Pride Award?

The Rose Lubin Jewish Pride Award is a cash award intended to recognize and promote an individual whose work exemplifies leadership, innovation, and creativity through an initiative that champions the Pillars of Jewish Pride described in Michael Steinhardt’s 2022 book, Jewish Pride. By honoring individuals, organizations, and programs that exemplify these pillars, this award has the broader purpose of inspiring their adoption as central goals and aspirations throughout the Jewish world and of encouraging new initiatives based on these principles.

What is the nomination deadline?

The period of nominations for the first Rose Lubin Jewish Pride award will begin upon announcement in the press in February 2024 and remain open until 11:00 PM Eastern Standard Time on Friday, March 15, 2024.

Nominations will be acknowledged by email both to the nominator and the Nominee.

Does the Award consider late nominations?

No. All nominations must be submitted by 11:00 PM Eastern Standard Time on Friday, March 15, 2024 and only complete nominations will be considered.

Who can submit a nomination for the Rose Lubin Jewish Pride Award?

Any individual 18 years of age or older who is involved in the work of Jewish engagement and identity-building in North America may nominate one person for the Award. Individuals may not nominate themselves or family members and may only nominate one person per year.

Can individuals nominate themselves for the Rose Lubin Jewish Pride Award?

No. All Nominees must be nominated by an individual 18 years or older outside the Nominee’s family who is involved in the work of Jewish engagement and identity-building in North America.

What are the Pillars of Jewish Pride?

The Pillars of Jewish Pride described in Michael Steinhardt’s 2022 book Jewish Pride are:

  1. Peoplehood

    Background: The Jewish people spans the world, crossing national, cultural, and ethnic lines.

    A commitment to Jewish peoplehood means reaching out beyond your own Jewish circle, learning about world Jewry as well as Jews at home who may express being Jewish differently from yourself, and taking responsibility for the well-being of Jews everywhere.

    A qualifying initiative demonstrably promotes Jewish peoplehood by highlighting and/or exemplifying these ideals.

    Programs with deep connections to Israel and Israeli life and culture certainly exhibit this pillar as well.

  2. Excellence

    Background: Over the centuries, Jewish culture developed a particular kind of excellence—what Jewish Pride calls the “creative intellect, applied for the good.”

    This has helped Jews excel far beyond their numbers in science, technology, culture, the arts, and more.

    A qualifying initiative demonstrably promotes Jewish excellence by recognizing or understanding the ways Jews have bettered the world; and/or by preserving or amplifying these specific qualities of excellence.

  3. Joy

    Background: There is an unfathomable joy in being Jewish, one that manifests itself in moments of celebration as well as anguish, but also in everyday gatherings of Jews, in both religious and secular contexts..

    A qualifying initiative demonstrably promotes Jewish pride by tapping into that joy, deepening it, spreading it, and making it an integral aspect of the Jewish experience of the program’s participants.

Who is eligible for the Rose Lubin Jewish Pride Award?

Individuals eligible to be nominated for the Rose Lubin Jewish Pride Award must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Reside in North America
  • Demonstrate leadership, innovation, and creativity
  • Be responsible for creating a non-profit initiative, program, or organization currently in operation serving the Jewish community in North America

Nominees may not be nominated by themselves or by family members.

What initiatives are eligible for the Rose Lubin Jewish Pride Award?

The initiative, program, or organization for which a Nominee is nominated must:

  • Be currently in operation
  • (if based in the US) Tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the US Internal Revenue Code or fiscally sponsored by an organization that is or (if based in Canada) registered as a charity with the Canada Revenue Agency or fiscally sponsored by an organization that is.
  • Champion at least one of the Pillars of Jewish Pride
  • Demonstrate all of the following programmatic characteristics:
    • Measurable impact: including clear and compelling metrics.
    • Scalability: potentially expanding to reach a large segment of the Jewish population.
    • Sustainability: offering a viable pathway to financial maintenance of the program even at a large scale.

Initiatives of all budget sizes are welcome. They can be relatively new or well-established. Start-up nonprofits are eligible, but the criteria for selection include the above programmatic characteristics, thus the initiative must have at least one year of measurable results.

How will nominees be notified?

Persons nominated for the Rose Lubin Jewish Pride Award will be notified by email from The Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life. They will be provided with instructions to complete the application and a link to the Foundation’s application portal.

What is the deadline for application?

The completed application form and all additional required documents must be submitted via the Foundation’s application portal no later than 11:00 PM Eastern Standard Time on Friday, May 3, 2024.

What documents are required for application?

In addition to completing the Personal Statement in the online application form, Nominees must upload the following documents via the Foundation’s application portal:

  • Nominee’s Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Nominee’s initiative’s IRS 501(c)(3) determination letter (or proof of Canadian registered charity status) or fiscal sponsorship agreement with a tax-exempt organization.
  • Nominee’s initiative’s most recently audited financial statements and IRS Form 990 (or Canadian T3010 Registered Charity Information Return) .
  • The most recent Board-approved budget for the organization housing Nominee’s initiative.
  • Three-year budget specifically for Nominee’s initiative (if different from above)

Additionally, Nominees will be provided a link to share with two individuals to complete Statements of Support.

Are there any other requirements for application?

In addition to the online Personal Statement form and the documents that must be uploaded with it, Nominees must obtain Statements of Support from two individuals. Nominee’s will be provided with links to share with two individuals who must submit the Statements of Support by the Application Deadline.

Statements of Support may be submitted by any individual 18 years of age or older who is not a member of the Nominee’s family. Individuals may submit Statements of Support for only one Nominee each year.

Can nominees submit more than two Statements of Support?

No. In fairness to the cohort of Prize Nominees, only two Letters of Reference can be considered.

When will we know the outcome?

The Prize recipient will be announced in September of 2024.

Are there restrictions on the prize money?

The Prize comes with a $100,000 award. $70,000 will be awarded to the individual and $30,000 to the initiative, program, or organization. There will be no restrictions to the use of the Prize money.

How will the winner be selected?

The Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life will review all applications and submit up to 10 semi-finalists to an independent expert advisory committee who will make recommendations to the Foundation Board.