Karina Zilberman, whose work reaching and inspiring young children and their families in pre-Shabbat programs at the 92nd Street Y was featured in The Jewish Week in March, was one of three winners of the prestigious 2012 Covenant Awards, announced Tuesday.
The other winners were Peter Geffen, founder and executive director of Kivunim in New York, and Gitta Jaroslawicz-Neufeld, director of education at Allegra Franco School of Educational Leadership in Brooklyn.
One of the greatest accomplishments of the Zionist movement was its ability to tolerate and even encourage differing and often mutually challenging perspectives and ideologies. It is ironic, bordering on tragic, that the fulfillment of the Zionist dream has resulted in an increasingly narrow sphere of discourse and acceptable ideation.
We are becoming more insular, accepting only a small range of views and calling others by exclusionary and outright insulting names.