It’s a true honor to be included as a finalist with four exceptionally brilliant candidates–and rather humbling. As the JTA reports,
The finalists are Jerusalem Post editorial page editor and columnist Saul Singer; Harvard doctoral candidate Yehuda Kurtzer; author Anita Diamant; Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, the founder of the Jewish Values Network; and Ariel Beery, the publisher of PresenTense magazine.
Or, to go into more depth–as the award letter stated:
Shmuley Boteach – “Bringing Judaism to the Mainstream”, executive director and founder, Jewish Values Network and host of Shalom in the Home, national television series on TLC
Anita Diamant – “Minhag America”, author of numerous books including The Last Days of Dogtown, Good Harbor, The Red Tent
Yehuda Kurtzer – “The Sacred Task of Rebuilding Jewish Memory”, Instructor, Hebrew College, Newton, MA, Wexner Graduate Fellowship recipient and 2008 Harvard University Jewish Studies doctoral candidate
Saul Singer – “From Survival to Purpose”, editorial page editor and author of
weekly column for the Jerusalem Post
Wow. I look forward to hearing their presentations — and here is the gist of mine, if you’re interested.