Carlsbad resident Craig Parks was recently selected for the San Diego Harold Grinspoon Foundation Award for Excellence in Jewish Education for Multi-Institutional and Independent Jewish Educators. Craig is celebrated for impacting over 350 students through his work at three local Jewish institutions, in addition to his experiential Jewish summer day camp, Camp Simcha, that develops teen and young adult leadership through a formal counselor training program. Also highlighted by the judges was Craig’s band Shorashim, a new cultural path for musicians and singers in grades 6 through 12.

Tarbuton/Startup18 Jewish Educator Awards were also awarded to Lillian Elbaz of Serra Mesa and Arielle Gereboff of La Jolla. Craig Parks received $1,000 for the Harold Grinspoon award jointly funded by the Grinspoon Foundation and Tarbuton. Lillian Elbaz received $500 and Arielle Gereboff $250 funded by Tarbuton. Tarbuton, a 501(c)(3), was founded in 2006 with the mission to engage San Diego’s Jewish community through grassroots development of Jewish and Israeli cultural programs for youth and adults. For more information on current programs or to donate visit For more information on the Harold Grinspoon Foundation visit