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Published Thursday, May 19, 2016

Bronfman Youth Fellowships in Israel Chosen

The late Edgar M. Bronfman, back row center, meets with Hillel Students in an undated photo.

Outstanding high school students from diverse Jewish backgrounds have been selected for an immersive Israel study program and lifelong fellowship.

The Bronfman Fellowships has selected its thirtieth cohort of high school students, among them a prize-winning poet, a ballet-dancing Eagle Scout, a two-time National Spanish Exam gold medalist and a swim team captain who developed a 3D-printed prosthetic arm.

The 26 Fellows, chosen from hundreds of applicants across North America, will participate in a transformative five-week program of study and travel in Israel, followed by a rigorous year of programming centered around pluralism, social responsibility and Jewish texts. The new class of Fellows will join a vibrant alumni network that includes some of today’s most exciting Jewish writers, thinkers and leaders.

The program was founded by Edgar M. Bronfman, z”l, formerly CEO of the Seagram Company Ltd., and a visionary Jewish philanthropist. Mr. Bronfman passed away in December 2013.

Following a competitive application process, the 2016 Fellows are from 16 states and Washington, D.C. and represent a wide range of Jewish backgrounds, including Orthodox, Conservative, Traditional Egalitarian, Reform, Secular and Non-denominational. The Fellows, who have already distinguished themselves as leaders in their communities, will spearhead Jewish community or social action projects upon returning home after the summer.

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