Ten outstanding Chicago-area students have been
chosen to receive 2014 Israel Experience merit scholarships from the Jewish
Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.
The awards, which go to
high school, college and graduate students to age 23 who demonstrate significant
leadership skills, are designed to encourage the development of Jewish identity,
nourish greater commitment to Israel and the Chicago Jewish community, and
recognize future leaders.
Eight of the students will
receive Jewish Federation Naftali Steinfeld Israel Experience Merit
Scholarships, and two others will get the Women's Board Presidential Israel
Experience Merit Scholarship.
The Naftali Steinfeld Merit
Scholarship recipients are:
- Kevin Clair, Chicago/West Rogers Park, Fasman Yeshiva High
- Paul Dolmon, Woodstock , University of Illinois at
- Rivka Goldmeier, Chicago/West Rogers
Park, Hanna Sacks Bais Yaakov High School
Goldshmidt, Skokie, Ida Crown Jewish Academy
Neren, Skokie, Ida Crown Jewish Academy
- Tali Pelts,
Niles, Ida Crown Jewish Academy
- Gavriel Schankerman,
Evanston, Chicagoland Jewish High School
- Yvette Smith,
Chicago/Albany Park, Lane Tech College Prep High School
The Women's Board Presidential Merit Scholarship recipients are:
- Leah Karchmer, Highland Park, DePaul University
- Avital Stein, Skokie, Ida Crown Jewish
The winners were selected from more than 40
outstanding, dedicated teens and young adults for their involvement in multiple
activities (Jewish and secular), their leadership roles, and their ability to be
role models for their peers.
exemplify an outstanding commitment to our community through their leadership,
accomplishments and dedication to Israel,” said Jodie Berkman, chair of the
Academic Scholarship Committee. “Our community is so very fortunate to have such
accomplished young adults who will continue to model leadership for future
Each recipient will receive $1,000 toward his
or her upcoming approved Israel Experience program.
more information about the Jewish Federation Israel Experience Merit Scholarship
Program, visit www.juf.org/israel_experience/merit_scholarship.aspx.