Nissanoff Award

Lisa and Benjamin Nissanoff Israel Advocacy Alumni Award

Each year, Sinai Akiba Academy alumni assume leadership roles and bring Israel programs and events to their college campuses and communities. We are incredibly proud of our alumni who are committed to upholding their connection to Israel through advocacy, and whose time at the Academy has left a lasting impression. They help ensure that effective support for Israel thrives on campuses and in our local communities by positively influencing discourse, attitudes, and engagement regarding Israel.
Established in 2018, The Lisa and Benjamin Nissanoff Israel Advocacy Alumni Award was created to honor these outstanding alumni who have gone above and beyond in upholding their connections to the State of Israel through advocacy on the high school or college campus. This award was made possible thanks to a generous gift by Lisa and Benjamin Nissanoff.

While the Nissanoff Award is on hold for the 2022-23 year, we look forward to sharing news of the 2023-24 nomination process soon. 

Nominees for the award must demonstrate strong leadership and courage on behalf of Israel-influencing conversations, attitudes, and engagement around pro-Israel issues, and promoting a sense of personal responsibility for the welfare of the State and its Jewish future. The values demonstrated by the Nissanoff Award recipient will directly reflect lessons that the recipient absorbed during his/her time at Sinai Akiba Academy and offer a powerful example of action for future generations of students who pass through our halls.

The Award
The award recipient will have his/her name included on the Nissanoff Award plaque in the School building. The award will be presented to the honored alumnus/na during the Graduation ceremony, proudly showcasing our students’ abiding sense of responsibility for Israel’s welfare and for the Jewish people that is instilled at Sinai Akiba Academy.

If you have any questions, please contact Janet Rosenblum, Advancement Director, at


2021 Winner, Jennifer Karlan ’17

    • Jennifer was imbued with a love of Israel from the day she entered Sinai Akiba in Kindergarten.


Jennifer Karlan ’17
2021 Lisa and Benjamin Nissanoff

Israel Advocacy Alumni Award Winner

Jennifer Karlan is a 2017 graduate of Sinai Akiba Academy and an unapologetic advocate of the Jewish homeland. Inspired by her passion for the accordion and her admiration of the Hebrew language, Jennifer has been imbued with a love of Israel from the day she entered Sinai Akiba in Kindergarten. She is currently a senior at Palisades Charter High School, where she joined the national Zionist youth group, Club Z, and has since risen to the position of teen fellow. Over the last several years, Jennifer has given speeches protesting various antisemitic actions on college campuses. She has also appeared on Israel and antisemitism related panels and has created vlogs on social media debunking common myths related to the Jewish state, anti-Zionism, and antisemitism. Jennifer will be taking a gap year and then matriculating to Harvard University.

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Sinai Akiba Academy is a private Jewish day school in Los Angeles, serving students in Early Childhood through Grade 8. We also offer a variety of parenting classes and programs for children through our Parenting Center. A Sinai Temple school.

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