CAJE honors Mirowitz teacher with Raskas Award

Val Toskin

Central Agency for Jewish Education recently honored Val Toskin, a teacher at Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School, with the Stuart I. Raskas Award for Outstanding Jewish Day School Teacher.

Toskin has taught at the school for five years. Jayne Langsam, Concierge for Families with Young Children, presented her with the award at Mirowitz  on April 30. As the award winner, Toskin receives $1,000 to use at her discretion. 

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Since 1991, the Stuart I. Raskas Award has been given to the day school educator in St. Louis who exemplifies excellence in teaching and conveys a love of learning. The award is administered by CAJE, which is a beneficiary agency of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis.

As this year’s Raskas Award winner, Toskin has been nominated for the Grinspoon-Steinhardt award for excellence in Jewish Education. The award recognizes, honors, and supports outstanding Jewish educators in day schools and other formal Jewish educational settings in North America.

Each year the Foundation recognizes a small number of teachers around the country who “demonstrate exceptional achievement and serve as a role model in Jewish education.” Grinspoon Steinhardt award winners receive $1,000 (in matching funds) provided by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation for professional development. This award is administered by the Jewish Education Service of North America.