Students Graduate, Receive Honors at Kulanu School of Jewish Studies
Eighteen graduates took the stage at the Kulanu School of Jewish Studies to receive their diplomas and other honors at the Graduation and Awards Ceremony held last month at Congregation Beth El in Margate. They, and other Kulanu students, also were honored for perfect attendance, academic achievement and participation in special programs.
“People are pulled in so many directions in today’s busy society, making it increasingly difficult to commit to a weekly program,” said Susan Fischer Weis, executive director, Board of Jewish Education (BJE) ofAtlantic and Cape May Counties. “We applaud these students who made it a priority to continue their Jewish studies each week at Kulanu. Not only are they extremely dedicated, and interested in their heritage, they are well on their way to becoming leaders of the next generation.”
The 2013 Kulanu graduates included Alex J. Anderson, Tyler A. Barnett, Yonah L. Bromberg Gaber, Hannah Childs, Ethan Fischer, Haley Krachman, Elia Lichtenstein, Lauren Alyssa Linn, Adina Lowenstein, Molly Brinna Ludwig, Danielle Alison Malamut, Erica Mamolen, Paige Mamolen, Alex Palanker, Raquel K. Stark, Jennifer Strenger, Allie Vain, and Rachel G. Wood. Both Ethan Fischer and Lauren Linn shared remarks on their experience at Kulanu, from 2009- 2013.
A highlight of the evening was the announcement of the fifth annual Mendelsohn Award, a scholarship for an educational trip to Israel. The award is given by the Mendelsohn family, in memory of David Mendelsohn who passed away in 2008, and whose USY Israel Pilgrimage was described as one of the most important experiences of his young life. The 2013 winner of the Mendelsohn award is Alexander Greenspun, who plans to travel to Israel this summer.
Other students who will be traveling to Israel, or have already done so, were recognized. These included Ava Gadon, Evan Hornstein, Adina Lowenstein, Lauren Linn, Molly Ludwig and Allie Vain.
Kulanu students were honored for their participation in Panim el Panim (“Face to Face”), a program that brings students to Washington, D.C. for several days to learn about issues on Capitol Hill and to lobby their Congressmen. The 2013 Panim participants included Ava Gadon, Alex Greenspun, Janey Kogan, Rebecca Lilienfeld, and Jennifer Strenger.
Several high school seniors (last year’s graduating class) were honored for completing the Jewish Teacher Prep “Morim” program: Hanna Anderson, Sarah Childs, Russell Epstein, Aaron Furman, Marisa Mast, Jessica Rich, Lauren Waldman, and Rebecca Wizov. Marisa Mast represented the seniors in a speech highlighting memorable moments from Kulanu.
Five students received awards for perfect attendance: Claire Gadon, Alex Greenspun, Jacob Lilienfeld, Shayna Lowenstein, and Jocelyn Schwartz. Another 19 students were honored for excellence in attendance, missing just one or two sessions all year. Hope Greenspun received highest academic honors in all six classes.
The Kulanu School of Jewish Studies is sponsored by the Board of Jewish Education of Atlantic and Cape May Counties. This year, Kulanu classes are held at Congregation Beth Judah in Ventnor City. In 2014, Kulanu will be held at Congregation Beth Israel in Northfield. The name Kulanu is Hebrew for “all of us.” For more information about Kulanu, call 609-822-1854 oremail
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