HONORING


COMMUNITY BUILDER AWARD


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SARAH & DAN RUEVEN

Sarah Rueven is a Registered Dietitian and the founder of Rooted Wellness, a nutrition counseling practice dedicated to maternal and family health. She received her Master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics at New York University and her undergraduate degree at Brandeis University. Beyond private counseling, she also provides wellness seminars, group lessons and contributes to media outlets such as Self Magazine, Women’s Health, Cosmopolitan Magazine and Refinery 29. She is a founding advisory board member of Fertilegirl, a pre-pregnancy nutrition company.

In addition to her professional work, Sarah holds several volunteer positions. Sarah is the current board chair of Slingshot, where she works to develop the capacity of next generation Jewish funders to support innovative programs and organizations, provide resources to leverage their impact within the Jewish community and help develop their philanthropic capabilities. She also serves as a Brandeis University class agent and the Young Couples Circle at UJA Federation of New York.

Dan Rueven oversees wealth management, trading, portfolio, and risk-related activities of Kinneret Group, a private investment firm. Mr. Rueven has a background in quantitative trading, as well as tech entrepreneurship. In previous roles, he helped businesses mature in the fields of e-commerce, internet business development, equity/derivative trading strategy, and financial literacy.

He proudly serves on the boards of national and New York area nonprofits, including the Jewish Funders Network and Slingshot.  He is also the treasurer of his condominium building in NYC. Both professionally and personally, he enjoys advising companies, foundations, and individuals on various aspects of investments and strategy.

Mr. Rueven attended Brandeis University, where he graduated with dual degrees in International and Global Studies, and History, with a concentration in Business. He lives in downtown Manhattan with his wife, their three year old son and baby daughter. 

 


EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD


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MELISSA SOVRONSKY\

Melissa (Mel) Sovronsky was born and raised in New York and currently lives on the Upper West Side. She holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology, History and Jewish Studies from Queens College and a dual Masters degree in Early, Elementary and Special Education (Birth-2nd Grade) from Touro College.

This is Mel's fifth year teaching Pre-K, and we are so happy to have her as part of our My Little School family for the second year running. In her time as an educator at our school, Mel has consistently proven herself to be a teaching superstar and a top role model for her students with the individualized attention she pays to each and every one.

The dedication and time she puts into every aspect of her job is apparent in the quality of her lessons and the big smiles found on each student's face from the moment they walk through the door.

Mel ensures that the parents of her students are directly involved with the educational process via her daily "ask your child" emails and weekly blog. Taking a look at her blog opens up a window into the world of Morah Mel, and it is a world full of fun and knowledge.

Along with Morah Chani, she fosters a creative environment emphasizing social-emotional growth and community awareness, and brings her enthusiasm and passion for teaching to the classroom, making each day an adventure.

One of Morah Mel's specialties is her science curriculum in which Mel encourages the children to question and figure out how and why things work through a scientific lens. The children enjoy hands-on science so much that we have kicked off a Mad Science with Morah Mel after-school program which has proven to be a huge success with both the children and their parents.

Mel expands her role as an educator by teaching in our Hebrew School, and working with CTeen and Cool Shul, our monthly teen and youth programs.