Marion B. Steeg-Harold Grinspoon Foundation Award for Excellence in Jewish Education recognizes innovation, excellence and impact

Lauren Ungar from Metairie’s Jewish Community Day School is the inaugural winner of the Marion B. Steeg-Harold Grinspoon Foundation Award for Excellence in Jewish Education. The award, sponsored by Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and the Steeg Family Foundation, recognizes local teachers who make a lasting impact on the lives of Jewish children, and contribute to excellence in Jewish education.


“My mother, for whom this award is named, grew up in a small town in East Texas and didn’t receive any kind of formal Jewish education,” remarked Robert Steeg, a member of the Jewish Federation’s Board of Trustees, and son of the award’s namesake. “But, after moving to New Orleans and as she raised her family, she deeply understood the importance of the intersection between Judaism and education, and the value of learning and living our Jewish beliefs and principles.”

Lauren Ungar is the Director of Enrollment, Family and Community Relations for the Jewish Community Day School in Metairie. She was selected from an impressive field of nominees by a steering committee chaired by Rabbi Robert Loewy of Congregation Gates of Prayer who, along with Federation CEO Arnie Fielkow, presented Lauren with the award at a reception in her honor on November 1, 2017, at the home of Robert and Pamela Steeg. As a component of the award, Ungar will receive up to $1,000 to use towards future educational enrichment at the Day School. 

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