Teens Recognized for Excellence in Leadership, Service, and Judaic Studies

Press Contact: Nina Jacobson
Office: (212) 678-8950
Email: nijacobson@jtsa.edu

June 5, 2008, New York, NY

Fifteen high school sophomores and juniors from across the country have been named winners of The Jewish Theological Seminary’s Ahavat Torah Award, presented to teens who have demonstrated a serious commitment to excellence in leadership, service, and Judaic studies.

“Devoted to intellectually rigorous study of Jewish sacred texts, dedicated to communal leadership, and committed to meaningful engagement with the larger world and its challenges, this year's JTS Ahavat Torah Award recipients are an outstanding group of young men and women. They represent the best of the Jewish future, and we are honored to recognize their accomplishments and celebrate their promise,” said Dr. Shuly Schwartz, dean of the Albert A. List College of Jewish Studies and acting director of Enrollment Management.

The award recipients, students in Jewish day high schools and Hebrew high school programs, were chosen by administrators and faculty in their schools as the students who best exemplify the criteria for the award. JTS read the nominations and ratified the winners.

The 2008 Ahavat Torah Award winners are:

Rachel Braun, Chicagoland Jewish High School, Illinois
David Carel, Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy, Philadelphia, PA
Tamar Gaffin-Cahn, Prozdor Hebrew High School, Newton, MA
Eric Lawrence, Bergen County High School of Jewish Studies, Hackensack, NJ
Ori Lieberman, Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community High School, Baltimore, MD
Adele Moss, Midrasha, Berkeley, CA
Johanna Sanders, Rebecca and Israel Ivry Prozdor, New York City
Shayna Schor, Solomon Schechter Day School of Essex & Union, West Orange, NJ
Einav Silverstein, Tarbut V'Torah Community Day School, Irvine, CA
Sophie Solomon, Shoshana S. Cardin School, Baltimore, MD
Naomi Spilka, Solomon Schechter School of Westchester, Hartsdale, NY
Dagania Steinfeld, Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, Rockville, MD
Avital Stolzenberg-Myers, Milken Community High School of Stephen S. Wise Temple, Los Angeles, CA
Joshua Tallis, Solomon Schechter High School of Long Island, Glen Cove, NY
Daniel Toker, New Community Jewish High School, West Hills, CA

Further information about JTS is available by visiting www.jtsa.edu. Information about List College’s dual-degree programs with Columbia University and Barnard College is available by calling Reina Cohen at (212) 678-8832 or visiting www.jtsa.edu/list.