The Elly D. Friedmann Professional Contribution Award – A Tribute to Passionate Enthusiasm and Inspiration
The Elly D. Friedmann Professional Contribution Award was established in 1989 by Dr. Gudrun Doll-Tepper, Professor, Free University, Berlin, in memory of her close friend and colleague Dr. Elly D. Friedmann, Founder and Director of the State Teachers College of Physical Education at Beer-Sheva, Israel. Elly Friedmann’s early life was spent in Berlin, Heidelberg, and Basle, where she studied philosophy, psychology, and pedagogy as well as physical education and dance. She received her PhD degree magna sum laude from University of Basle, Switzerland, in 1934 and shortly thereafter immigrated to Israel.
Dr. Friedmann’s early and abiding interest lay in systems and approaches to movement that stressed the integrated relationship of mind, body, and soul. Influenced greatly by Rudolf Laban, she introduced Modem Educational Gymnastics and Dance into the Israeli school system and became the world’s leading researcher on movement education as a means of rehabilitating and integrating culturally deprived children.
Dr. Friedmann published frequently in English, Hebrew, and German but her best known book is entitled, Rudolf Laban, Frederic M. Alexander, Moshe Feldenkrais-Pioneers of Awareness Through Movement Experience: Three Essays. The work of these pioneers encompassed yoga, zen, Tai-Chi, other arts of the Far East, Greek philosophy, and Gestalt psychology. Elly Friedmann extended these ideas to pedagogy, didactics, and teacher training, thereby broadening our perspectives in both regular and adapted physical education.
According to her husband Ernst, Elly’s life and contributions are reflected in her favorite quotation from Plato: “We don’t educate through knowledge alone, but through passionate enthusiasm and inspiration as possessed… only one passionately possessed can light the flame and produce a long line of possessed…”
The Elly D. Friedmann Young Professional Awards were created in 1992 by Dr. Claudine Sherrill, Dr. Karen DePauw, and Dr. Gudrun Doll-Tepper to encourage the development of passionate enthusiasm and inspiration in young adapted physical educators and to help produce a long line of possessed… The Elly D. Friedmann awards have been generously supported by her husband, who passed away in April, 1993, and their son Dr. Raffi Amit.
ELLY D. FRIEDMANN AWARD RECIPIENTS
1991 Dr. Claudine Sherrill, USA
1993 Dr. Ernst J. Kiphard, Germany
1995 Inge Morisbak, Norway
1997 Dr. Julian U. Stein, USA
1999 Dr. Atara Sherman, Israel
2001 Dr. Kurt-Alphons Jochheim, Germany
2003 Dr. K. Yabe & Dr Y. J. Hong, Japan and Korea
2005 Josef Lev, Israel
2007 Dr. Herman Van Coppenolle, Belgium
2009 Dr. Hana Valkova, Czech Republic
2011 Dr. Hideo Nakata, Japan
2013 Dr. Karen DePauw, USA
2015 Dr. Greg Reid, Canada