Meet the HBR Scholarship Fall 2016 Recipients

The American Zionist Movement is thrilled to announce the recipients of the Fall 2016 Helyn B. Reich Memorial Scholarship Fund Award. Their commitment to the Jewish people reflect the passion the committee strives to promote with this scholarship. We are extremely proud to be supporting each recipient in their endeavors by helping them connect with Israel in the strongest possible way.

 

passport photoAna Maria Greenberger hails from California and graduated last Spring from Pennsylvania State University. While growing up in a Jewish community, she traveled to Israel for the first time in 2015 and fell in love with the country. She will be taking part in the Israel Government Fellows program in Jerusalem, an opportunity she is profoundly excited about. She writes “as an Israeli Government Fellow I will have the unique opportunity to add another layer to my understanding of the State of Israel – something which I deeply long for. It will give me the opportunity to learn about the government of the Jewish people and to able to bring Zionist ideas back to my own country.”

Read Ana Maria’s essay on her connection to Zionism

 

DaniellaFlorenceDaniella Berger just graduated this Spring Magna Cum Laude from the University of Maryland in College Park.  She will also be an Israel Government Fellow in Jerusalem. Daniella grew up in a Zionist home and has been involved in pro-Israel advocacy her whole life. She took a gap year after high school to study in Jerusalem where her passion for Israel grew. On her college campus she felt discomfort facing radical anti-Israel hatred, and decided to spend the next few years dedicating her time to working with Israel advocacy organizations, including traveling to conferences, interning for AIPAC, serving as a StandWithUs fellow, and dedicating her time to one of the pro-Israel groups at the University of Maryland where she served as president.  Daniella says ” My Zionism means I will fight forever to be able to live freely as a Jew, whether that is in Israel or somewhere else. My Zionism is the purpose that will drive my career decisions in the future. My Zionism is the history and struggles of my people, and the future that I can help build for the entire Jewish community.”

Read Daniella’s essay on her connection to Zionism

 

simonJonah Simon is a rising junior at Middlebury College and will be studying at Ben Gurion University in Beer Sheva for a semester. Over the past two years he has served as treasurer and Israel chair on the Middlebury College Hillel Board. He is excited to study in Israel, where his maternal family can be traced back eight generations, and to get to explore the country, the culture, and get to know Israelis better.

Read Jonah’s essay on his connection to Zionism

 

Sophia Lloyd-Thomas is a student at Tufts university and will be spending her sosophia headshotphomore year at Tel Aviv University. During her post high school gap year in Israel, Sophia greatly connected to Israel and mentioned how devastating it can be to see the anti-Israel sentiment displayed on college campuses. Thinking about how spending the year in Israel will impact her she says ” whenever I see anti­-Israel flyers, or something inflammatory online, I’m not discouraged. I’m motivated even more to educate myself, to understand the country, to actually experience Israel.”

Read Sophia’s essay on her connection to Zionism

 

Congratulations to this year’s recipients and best of luck!

Helyn B. Reich Scholarship Recipient, Spring 2013

Meet the Recipient

The American Zionist Movement is thrilled to announce the winner of the Spring 2013 Helyn B. Reich Memorial Scholarship Fund Award. Her commitment to the Jewish people reflects the passion the committee strives to promote with this scholarship.

 

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Emly Oren will be attending the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem this Spring. Her family is Israeli, and spending summers in Israel and integrating the culture into her life in America led her to a lifelong connection with Israel and Judaism. Emly looks forward to expanding and examining her Jewish education at Pardes, and is confident that studying and discussing Jewish texts will enable her to think analytically in her professional life as well. “My time at Pardes is a stepping stone … and I look forward to learning many things in the program that will continue to strengthen my involvement in the Jewish community and beyond,” she said.

Emly has maintained her strong connection with Israel and the Jewish community by leading three Birthright trips and by working with the Jewish community in her professional life. In her time working and volunteering at Moishe House, the Joint Distribution Committee, United Synagogue Youth, Hillel, and many more Jewish organizations, she created, organized, and implemented events for local Jewish communities as well as provided support for people with disabilities or who have faced adversity. Emly has always been active outdoors and has integrated the environment and nature into many of her work-related activities. She is proud of her involvement in Jewish life, and is working towards her goal of creating an outdoor Jewish program in North America and Israel.

Read Emly Oren’s Personal Essay

Helyn B. Reich Memorial Scholarship

Scholarships Available for Young Americans on Programs in Israel

The Helyn B. Reich Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1995 in memory of Helyn B. Reich, wife of founding AZM President Seymour D. Reich. The initial gift in Helyn’s memory was given by Mrs. Sarah Fischer and her son Dr. Stuart Fischer.

Reich scholarships are awarded each fall and spring to a limited number of American students who choose to study at one of several designated Israeli universities or attend post-college long-term programs. The scholarship seeks to recognize candidates who have demonstrated academic excellence, pro-Israel activity in their personal lives and show a commitment to future involvement with the Jewish and Zionist community. Preference is given to candidates who decide to spend the full year in Israel.

Fall 2018 Applications are now closed.
The deadline to apply for the Spring 2019 Scholarship is January 9, 2019.

 

For applications as well as information about scholarship eligibility please click on the corresponding link below. Please look at the information link to note which supporting documents are needed in addition to the application.

For questions that have not been answered by the information provided on this site, please email us at azm@azm.org or call the AZM National Office at 212-318-6100.

Please email your application form and ALL required supporting documents to azm@azm.org. Handwritten applications will not be accepted.

 

Meet Past Recipients