Meet Jordana Bornstein
My name is Jordana Bornstein and I am a senior at Deerfield High School and will be attending the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University in the fall. I am honored to have been selected for this award and would like to express gratitude to my parents for supporting me and Naomi Segal for nominating me. In high school, my proudest accomplishments have been my work as a Research Training Intern, interning with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and helping to create Deerfield High School’s Genocide Commemoration Day. I am unsure of what I want to do in the future, but I am passionate about literature, politics, art, and history and I hope to discover and engage in all of these fields and more in the years to come. I am also a member of Temple Jeremiah, and in recent years have become more involved in both my synagogue and Judaism in general. I hope to continue this path of self-discovery in college and beyond.
Dream Job? Author
Something most people don’t know about me is... I have a really good sense of direction/navigation
Who is a leader that inspires you? My mom! Lizzy Garlovsky
Meet Zev Blumenthal
My name is Zev Blumenthal and I am currently a senior at Niles North High School. My involvement in the Jewish community began freshman year when I started attending local NCSY events. Attending these events and regional conventions allows me to strengthen my connection to Judaism. I want others to experience the inspiring transformation I have been so fortunate to have at NCSY. I give back to my community in many capacities, most recently as the chapter president of NCSY as well as the Midwest regional VP of education. Outside of NCSY, I am involved in my school's robotics team, video broadcasting, and photography. I love, hiking, technology, and spending time with family and friends. I would like to show gratitude to those who have helped guide and nurture me: my supportive parents, friends, advisors, and directors. If it weren’t for you I would not have achieved what I have.
Dream Job? My dream job would be as a CEO of a technology company. As a CEO though I would still want to be involved hands on with my company.
Something most people don’t know about me is... I am a computer geek but rarely do I ever play video games.
Who is a leader that inspires you? There isn't a single leader that inspires me. I find inspiration from the leaders that surround me every day and those that have personally touched me or those I know.
Meet Abbey Finn
Abbey Finn is a sophomore at Buffalo Grove high school, where she participates in theatre, serves as vice president of her choir, is a student council representative, and is the president of Jewish Student Connection. Outside of school, she is heavily involved in the Jewish community. She is an active member of USY, serving on CHUSY region’s general board, and Beth Judea USY’s executive board. She is also a participant in Voices: The Chicago Jewish Teen Foundation, where she found her passion for philanthropy and helping fund nonprofits. This year marks her 7th summer at JCC Camp Chi. Abbey also serves on the multi-generational board for the Children of Abraham Coalition- which is an interfaith group working to foster relationships across religions. Abbey would like to thank her mom and dad, family, friends, and youth advisors for helping mold her into the Jewish teen she is today.
Dream Job? Something involving political leadership at a nonprofit
Something most people don’t know about me is... I have a very type-A personality, and I've been that way since birth when I was born on my due date!
Who is a leader that inspires you? Barack Obama