Morris Weiss Award for Outstanding Educators

Honoring Teachers

In many people’s lives, there is at least one teacher who inspired them and helped them become who they are today.

To celebrate the significant role of teachers in the field of Holocaust education, the Preisler Shorenstein Institute will honor three dedicated educators who would like the opportunity to further their educational development in order to include the lessons of the Holocaust and patterns of genocide in their classrooms as a means to inspire understanding, moral courage, and social responsibility in the future.

Morris Weiss was a founder of the JFCS Holocaust Center. A Holocaust survivor who testified at Nazi war crimes trials, he was dedicated to fighting discrimination and antisemitism. In his memory, his family established this scholarship fund.

The Award

The Morris Weiss Award will grant three outstanding teachers in the greater Bay Area $1,000 for professional development and an additional grant of $1,500 to their schools to be spent on resources, events, or other programs related to Holocaust education.

Each year, the Morris Weiss Award is presented at the San Francisco Yom HaShoah Ceremony in the spring. Please Note: Receipt of award is contingent on attendance at the Yom HaShoah ceremony.

Read in the J. about how Jennifer Banaszek, a 2018 winner, created a Holocaust memorial garden with awarded funds.

Eligibility & Process

  • Educators must currently teach in the greater Bay Area.
  • Teachers of grades 6 and higher of any subject area are eligible.
  • To nominate an educator, you must be at least 13 years old.
  • Educators do not need to be nominated to apply.

All entries become the property of Jewish Family and Children’s Services, and the winners grant Jewish Family and Children’s Services the right to publish their essays, in whole or in part, along with the winners’ names, and schools.

Jewish Family and Children’s Services reserves the right to withhold the awards in any given year, if submissions do not meet contest standards or criteria.

Learn more about past Morris Weiss Award winners >

Download a Flyer about the Morris Weiss Award >

Application Instructions


The application period has ended. Please stay tuned for the next season.


For any questions, please contact [email protected].

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