Two Chicago-area students -- Elitsa Reinglass Sklar and Jacob Miller -- are among the 26 high school juniors from across North America named to this year's cohort of
The program includes five weeks of study and travel in Israel, followed by a year of programming centered around pluralism, social responsibility and Jewish texts.
Sklar, a Rochelle Zell Jewish High School student who attended Solomon Schechter and Hillel Torah North Suburban day schools, is a leader in the Rochelle Zell Student Council, Israel Club, math team, and varsity basketball squad. She is part of JUF's Write On for Israel advocacy training program; was involved in Voices, JUF's teen foundation; and recently was named to Springboard's 18 Under 18 list of outstanding Chicago-area teens. She also is a member of Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob Synagogue and the Kol Sasson partnership minyan.
Miller, of Ida Crown Jewish Academy and, previously, Hillel Torah North Suburban, has published several research papers on particle physics in collaboration with other high school students and the U.S. Department of Energy; edits Ida Crown's school newspaper; is on the Mathletes and cross country teams; and recently spoke on a panel at AIPAC's Policy Conference. He also is in JUF's Write On for Israel program. In eighth grade, he won the International Diaspora Bible Competition.