The Jewish Theological Seminary Recognizes Teens for Excellence in Leadership, Service, and Judaic Studies

Press Contact: Holly Martin
Office: (212) 678-8950

June 15, 2011, New York, NY

Thirteen high school sophomores and juniors from across the country have been named winners of The Jewish Theological Seminary’s (JTS) Ahavat Torah Award, presented to teens who have demonstrated a serious commitment to excellence in leadership, service, and Judaic studies. Having excelled as students and leaders and demonstrated a passion for Jewish life, the following young people have earned the respect and admiration of their faculty and peers and everyone at JTS:

Carmelle Bargad, Golda Och Academy, West Orange, NJ
Saloman Cohen, A. M. Ellis Midrasha, Penn Valley, PA
Nate Druckman, Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, Rockville, MD
Eliana Fisher, Chicagoland Jewish High School, Deerfield, IL
Miles Greenspoon, The Shoshana S. Cardin School, Baltimore, MD
Rebecca Herman, Midrasha in Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
Ortal Isaac, Rebecca and Israel Ivry Prozdor High School, New York, NY
Michael Kagan, Donna Klein Jewish Academy, Boca Raton, FL
Rebecca Richman, Lower Merion High School, Ardmore, PA
Aaron Rifkind, New Community Jewish School, West Hills, CA
Ari Roth, Jess Schwartz Academy, Scottsdale, AZ
Talia Schwartz, Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community High School, Baltimore, MD
Yuval Yoseffy, SSHS Long Island, Glen Cove, NY

Ahavat Torah Award winners received an autographed copy of Chancellor Arnold M. Eisen’s Taking Hold of Torah, a personal and inspirational essay, and were recognized at their schools’ year-end awards. It is through programs like Ahavat Torah that JTS continues to cultivate the next generation of Jewish lay leaders, educators, professionals, and clergy.

The Jewish Theological Seminary, one of the world’s leading centers of Jewish learning, integrates rigorous academic scholarship and teaching with a commitment to strengthening Jewish tradition, Jewish lives, and Jewish communities. JTS articulates and transmits a vision of Judaism that is learned and passionate, pluralist and authentic, traditional and egalitarian; one that is thoroughly grounded in Jewish texts, history, and practices, and fully engaged with the societies and cultures of the present. The leaders trained by JTS—rabbis, cantors, scholars, educators, communal professionals, and lay activists imbued with this vision and prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st century—serve Conservative Judaism, the vital religious center for North American Jewry and our society as a whole.

Information about the Albert A. List College of Jewish Studies’ dual-degree programs with Columbia University and Barnard College is available by contacting Director of Admissions Missy Present at (212) 678-8820, or visiting

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