Hellerstein and Laufer Are 2011 Laurel School Distinguished Alumnae

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Laufer Film announced today that Tiffany A. Laufer, company president, has received the 2011 Laurel School Young Alumna of Distinction Award. Ms. Laufer shares this award of excellence with Dr. Kathryn Hellerstein who received the Distinguished Alumnae Award. Dr. Hellerstein is Associate Professor of Yiddish at the University of Pennsylvania. and a poet , translator, and scholar. Dr. Hellerstein and Ms. Laufer will be honored at the Distinguished Alumnae Reception and Dinner Thursday, May 19. The reception starts at 6:15pm and the dinner at 7:00pm. The event will be held Laurel School, 1 Lyman Circle, Shaker Heights, OH 44122. Other events will be included in the Alumnae Weekend 2011 (May 19 -22) at which all alumnae are welcome, especially those in reunion classes ending in '1 and '6.

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Tiffany Ann Laufer directing The Acorn Penny

Tiffany Ann Laufer is an award winning film director with the courage and talent to tell stories of change with a special combination of humanity and a touch of magic that makes life worth watching.

Laufer Film announced today that Tiffany A. Laufer, company president, has received the 2011 Laurel School Young Alumnae of Distinction Award. Dr. Kathryn Hellerstein, Associate Professor of Yiddish at the University of Pennsylvania has received the Laurel School Distinguished Alumnae Award.

Dr. Hellerstein and Ms. Laufer will be honored at the Distinguished Alumnae Reception and Dinner on Thursday, May 19. The reception will start at 6:15 pm and the dinner at 7:00 pm. The event be held at the Laurel School main campus, One Lyman Circle, Shaker Heights, OH 44122. This event is part of Alumnae Weekend 2011 - May 19 -22 at which all alumnae are welcome, especially those in reunion classes ending in '1 and '6!

Dr. Kathryn Hellerstein (’70) is Associate Professor of Yiddish at the University of Pennsylvania and was the Undergraduate Director of the Jewish Studies Program for 9 years at the University. Educated at Wellesley College and Brandeis University (BA) and Stanford University (Ph.D.), she is a poet and translator, as well as a scholar of Yiddish poetry. Her books include a translation and study of Moyshe-Leyb Halpern’s poems, In New York: A Selection, as well as Paper Bridges: Selected Poems of Kadya Molodowsky and Jewish American Literature: A Norton Anthology, of which she is co-editor. Dr. Kathryn Hellerstein is a popular public speaker who also does poetry readings.

Dr. Hellerstein is also a major contributor to American Yiddish Poetry: A Bilingual Anthology. Her poems and many scholarly articles on Yiddish literature, and most recently on women poets in Yiddish, have appeared in journals and anthologies, including Prairie Schooner, Poetry, Tikun, Bridges and Reading Ruth. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Guggenheim Foundation and is currently working on a book and an anthology on women Yiddish poets to be published by Stanford University Press.

Tiffany Ann Laufer is an award winning film director with the courage and talent to tell stories of change with a special combination of humanity and a touch of magic that makes life worth watching. Having graduated with an MFA from The American Film Institute in Cinematography, Tiffany has a keen eye for light, composition and movement that can only highlight a story’s full meaning and potential. As seen in the award winning short, The Acorn Penny, Tiffany pays homage to a storytelling based on a pure visual medium. Tiffany’s feature script Emily & The Blue Heron was a semi-finalist in the Sundance Writer’s Program.

Tiffany Ann Laufer has directed various actors including Fred Armisen (Saturday Night Live); Dave Hill (the Dave Hill Explosion) and Jack Hourigan (Food Network Co-host). Her foray into television directing can be seen at the pilot Journey To Your Plate. Visit IMDB for further credits. Tiffany is presently filming a new documentary on the urban gardening wave. Her recent environmental short film “If You Listen” is just in the festival circuit for 2011. Tiffany Laufer is a popular public speaker who recently appeared at Nighttown Restaurant in Cleveland Heights for a reading of her middle grade book.

Tiffany writes and illustrates children’s books. Her publishing company Bellaboo Books published Bellaboo & Colby’s Colors of Summer, Bellaboo & B-Bug’s Book of Counting and The Porch Dream. The Porch Dream was a top seller at the Buckeye Book Fair and a participant in the Ohioana Book Festival. The books are available at major book stores as well as on line at Bellaboo Books. Tiffany received a BA from Georgetown University in Studio Art. Previous awards include a full fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center for her combined photography and drawing series.

Laurel School students are encouraged to fulfill their promise and to better the world. “For over 100 years, the school, located in Shaker Heights and home of the Center for Research on Girls, has been educating girls and young women to be independent thinkers who are courageous, confident and compassionate”, notes Julie Donahue, Director of Alumnae and Communications.

“Each year, our Alumnae Association recognizes two alumnae who are role models for our students. This year we are so pleased to honor two women who embody the school mantra to Dream. Dare. Do. Highly respected in her field, Kathryn Hellerstein ’70 has taken a scholarly path less traveled and in following her passion has made sure that the important voices of Yiddish poets, especially women poets, are heard and not lost forever. Tiffany Laufer ‘91’s films and children’s books resonate with a singularly strong voice that not only illustrates her passion for life but also her hopes and dreams for a peaceful, better world.”

Laurel School inquires can be directed to Julie Donahue, Director of Alumnae and Communications (216) 464-1441.

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