Sally W. Grobani, a lower school Hebrew and Judaics teacher at Pikesville’s Krieger Schechter Day School, was recently named the 2019 recipient of the Sam Kahan Distinguished Educator Award/Grinspoon Award for Excellence in Jewish Education.

The award honors educators who strengthen Baltimore’s Jewish educational institutions, and is presented to a master Jewish educator who inspires both students and colleagues.

The award was established by the family of the late Sam Kahan to honor his years of community leadership and strong commitment to Jewish education. Kahan passed away in 2009.
Grobani will be the community’s nominee for the national Grinspoon Award for Excellence in Jewish Education. The Kahan/Grinspoon award will be officially presented at the annual meeting of the Louise D. and Morton J. Macks Center for Jewish Education on Monday night, May 20, at the Park Heights Jewish Community Center.

Nominees for the Kahan/Grinspoon Award are evaluated on their ability to develop and implement creative and engaging instructional activities; their willingness to share resources and work collaboratively with others; their ability to inspire, motivate and challenge students; and their ability to represent Baltimore well on the national educational scene.

“Sally Grobani lives and breathes the values that are embodied in the mission of Krieger Schechter Day School and that we seek to transmit to each and every member of our school community and the community at large,” said Wendy Gelber, KSDS’s lower school head. “We are honored to have talented, dedicated educators like Sally Grobani work with our students every day. Sally inspires us to work each day to create a better world through education and leadership.”

In January of 2017, Grobani was profiled in Jmore for donating her kidney to Jay Pintzuk, the husband of former KSDS teacher Brina Pintzuk.

“This opportunity just fell into my lap,” she told Jmore at the time. “If someone is in need and I am capable of helping them, I thought, why not?”